Tim more worried about sexually transmitted diseases than Ebola

According to acting Health Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, sexually transmitted diseases—gonorrhea, chlamydia and most important, HIV—are the biggest risks to persons taking part in Carnival.

“Revellers must ensure they prevent such diseases by safe practices,” he said. 

Gopeesingh, speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Clair, said the health sector stood ready to deal with any problems which can arise during the Carnival festivities.

“All our hospitals are readied and we have nine district health facilities which are open 24 hours and 45 district health centres would be opened till 9 p.m. and on 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with a full complement of staff and services.”

 He urged citizens to be responsible, enjoy themselves, but do not “overdrink” and to take care of their health.

Speaking in his capacity as Education Minister, Gopeesingh stressed that Ash Wednesday was a “normal school day” and he expected all pupils and teachers to be out to school next Wednesday.




 

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