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Cancer Registry ready by year end

The trinidad Guardian / T&T’s first cancer registry will be established by the second or third quarter of this year and once that happens there will be an end to drug shortages.

The registry will help Ministry of Health personnel keep track of the types and quantities of drugs ordered by the National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (Nipdec) and according to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh a formal management system will keep track of medications entering the country and what is being distributed to patients.

During a formal tour of the new Women’s Outpatient Clinic and Colposcopy Centre at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital yesterday, Deyalsingh said registries are also to be set up to keep track of people with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

He said the new systems will help with timely ordering of drugs and forecasting what will be needed in the year ahead.

The Women’s Outpatient Clinic and Colposcopy Centre, which was constructed at a cost of $79.3 million, offers diagnostic, therapeutic and other medical services, as well as public outreach initiatives, including colposcopy suites, neonatalogy, family planning, breast-feeding, child and maternal health services, dietetics, lamaze classes, voluntary counseling and testing and an outpatient clinic.

Deyalsingh said not enough attention is placed on preventive healthcare and the ministry’s goal to drive the process of reformation. He said efforts have already resulted in reduced maternal mortality rates.

The minister praised Dr Karen Sohan, Medical Chief of Staff at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital, for bringing about a change in culture and policy which was directly responsible for the reduced rates.

Delaysingh said non-communicable diseases place a financial burden on the country in the vicinity of $8 billion, including direct and indirect costs for medication, hospitalisation and lost productivity.

He said he is shocked and saddened at the number of young people being dialysed as a result of diabetes and hypertension. It costs the State approximately $130,000 per patient, per year to sustain that type of treatment, he said.

Chairman of the North Central Regional Health Authority Steve De Las described the new facility as a symbol of progress and development which will provide the best standard of healthcare to the public.

He said with the upsurge in cancers of the reproductive organs in women internationally, Government is concerned about early identification of such diseases.

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