22nd August, 2018


Port-of-Spain, 22nd, August 2018: The public is advised that the Ministry of Health has taken every action to ensure essential medical services are available to all citizens in the immediate aftermath of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake yesterday and the subsequent aftershock, today August 22nd 2018. 

As part of its emergency preparedness activities, all elective surgeries and outpatient services have been suspended for the afternoon period at Hospitals in the :
• North West Regional Health Authority
• North Central Regional Health Authority
• Eastern Regional Health Authority
• South West Regional Health Authority

These measures will free up essential medical personnel to respond to any health emergencies at this time.

The Ministry will continue to update the public through its Website: and social media pages; Facebook: Ministry of Health-Trinidad and Tobago, Twitter: MoH_TT and Youtube: TrinidadHealth.

The Ministry assures the public that the business of providing health services to the citizens of the country is its utmost priority.  In this regard, the Ministry advises the public that all hospitals remain open to provide emergency services and continued care to patients warded at these institutions.  

The public is reminded that services of the Accident and Emergency Department should be accessed only in case of an emergency.  Other health services of the Ministry, including blood donation at the National Blood Transfusion Service, the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health Lab, services at the Queen’s Park Counselling Centre and Clinic and the Insect Vector Control Division, are all operational and continue to function at normal capacity. C40, the Ministry’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Warehouse remains up and running, to ensure an uninterrupted delivery of medical equipment and medication to the nation.

The Ministry has scaled up its inspection of the environment by Public Health Inspectors, including sewage systems, water storage, supermarkets and food establishments, to safeguard public health. 

The Ministry of Health remains committed to providing the highest standards of health care at all our public institutions to ensure the health and wellbeing of the population.