Trinidad and Tobago: The Ministry of Health of Dominica assured the citizens regarding the sufficient supply of oxygen and stated, “We reassure the public that our oxygen supply is more than adequate to meet the immediate and future needs.”
The ministry further stated that “In response to numerous request for information on this matter, the ministry of health wishes to lighten concerns about the supply of Oxygen in the public health sector.”
The Health Minister- Dr Terrance Deyal Singh, have already assured people on this matter during 3 May 2021, press conference.
Following the statement, the ministry added, “On Monday, 3 May, 2021, during the media conference, the Minister of Health reassured the public that the public health system was more than adequately stocked with oxygen supplies.”
Deyal Singh had also indicated that “The extra 50 per cent supply of the oxygen over and above the current high demand levels, has been held in reserve by our main external supplier.”
During the press conference held on 3 May, 2021, Deyal Singh also cited, “It is for the first time in the history, of the public health sector in Trinidad and Tobago, two major hospitals have the capacity to generate, bottle and distribute oxygen to other facilities, within the public sector. The facilities are the – Arima General Hospital and the Point Fortin General Hospital.”
If we look at the statistics, there are currently 12,396 active COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago, so far, 8,969 people have been recovered from the mutant and till now, Trinidad and Tobago reported 191 deaths.
Few days back, the island received 40,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccines from India and the second shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility initiative are expected to arrive in T&T anytime next week.
The Ministry of health further stated that they will hold the remainder of the COVID-19 vaccines donated by the government of India and the second delivery of vaccines from the COVAX facility to insure the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is administered to those who have received their first jabs of the vaccine.
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