Thirty doctors from various countries worldwide belonging to the United Nations Volunteer Programme have been procured through the Primary Healthcare Initiative between the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The doctors will be assigned to primary healthcare facilities across Trinidad and Tobago over the next three years and will enhance the delivery of healthcare services.
On Friday, June 6th, 2014, the Initiative was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Ms. Christine Sookram and Mr. Richard Blewitt, UNDP Resident Representative at the Ministry’s Head Office. Also present at this signing was the Minister of Health, Dr. Fuad Khan. He indicated that the volunteer doctors will be heavily utilized to develop and implement wellness programmes. They will conduct activities such as counselling on diet and habits, with a focus on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs). He expressed thanks to the Prime Minister for her support on this initiative.
In his comments, Mr. Blewitt expressed excitement and reinforced the commitment of the UNDP in partnering with the Ministry of Health and helping to boost the capacity of medical services offered to the public particularly in rural communities.
Through this initiative, the opening hours of health centres all over the country especially those in rural areas would be extended. This reinforces the commitment of the Health Ministry to ensuring that all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of economic circumstances will be able to access reliable and quality healthcare.
source - Ministry of Health