Tobago reports lowest mortality rate among five regional health authorities in the twin island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. The mortality rate was 1.8% and 2.2% in 2008 and 2009, respectively according to the Tobago Health Regional Authority (THRA). The 2008 rates for other regions were: Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) was 2.4 per cent, Northwest Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) was 2.4, North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) was five per cent and South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) was 2.8 per cent. And for 2009, ERHA was 2.7 per cent, NWRHA was 2.4 per cent, NCRHA was 5.2 per cent and SWRHA was 2.9 per cent.
Despite this, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London said “that people in Tobago were not taking care of their health. ‘Too many of us are losing our legs. Too many of us suffer from hypertension, too many of us (with all due respect) are too fat and too many of us are playing with our lives.
‘I want to see more people exercising in a health centre than coming to get hypertension medicine. I want to see more people coming to get diet sheets than to get things for diabetes,’ he added. London said every individual who worked for the assembly must be subjected to criticism and scrutiny by the people of Tobago. He urged Tobagonians not to generalise or use headlines to judge categories of workers.”
The full article is available at: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2011/03/24/tobago-mortality-rate-lowest-nation