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El Horoscopero de Internet | COVID suspected in deaths of 2 St Ann’s nurses

How­ev­er, say­ing two of the deaths were con­nect­ed to a sin­gu­lar in­ci­dent, he called for stronger In­fec­tion Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol (IPC) mea­sures with­in the North West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (NWRHA)

The T&T Reg­is­tered Nurs­es’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TTR­NA) has con­firmed that four nurs­es as­signed to the St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal re­cent­ly died. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, COVID-19 is be­lieved to be the cause of death in two of the cas­es.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent, Idi Stu­art, yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased but with­held the cause of deaths from Guardian Me­dia.

How­ev­er, say­ing two of the deaths were con­nect­ed to a sin­gu­lar in­ci­dent, he called for stronger In­fec­tion Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol (IPC) mea­sures with­in the North West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (NWRHA).

“We would re­al­ly want them to look at some of the IPC prac­tices. We know the staff have been work­ing as­sid­u­ous­ly to try to keep the num­bers down but for some rea­son the num­bers con­tin­ue to es­ca­late with­in the St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal,” Stu­art said.

“What we are say­ing is that two of those four (deaths) could have been pre­vent­ed once IPC mea­sures were in place to the lev­el that we have been rec­om­mend­ing over the last cou­ple of months.”

He said there were al­so oth­er hos­pi­tal staff who lost their lives with­in the past few weeks.

“Some­thing has to be done with man­ag­ing out­breaks with­in fa­cil­i­ties like St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal—long-stay fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

Stu­art said the as­so­ci­a­tion has been lob­by­ing the Gov­ern­ment for health and life in­sur­ance for nurs­ing per­son­nel.

“Two forms of in­sur­ance that would ease the minds of nurs­ing and nurs­ing per­son­nel at this time and we don’t think that it’s too much to ask that if a nurse dies dur­ing this line of bat­tle, that their fam­i­lies would be tak­en care of by a small con­tri­bu­tion to an in­sur­ance plan…by the RHAs (Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ties).”

Ear­li­er this year, wards maid at the St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal, Ali­cia Rul­lows, died from COVID-19.