The Health of a Woman
AFET's May Monthly Meeting
Minister of Health and MP for St. Joseph, Terrence Deyalsingh, was the featured speaker at the May Monthly Meeting of the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT). Themed “The Health of a Woman”, the meeting was held at the Queen’s Park West Head Office of Sagicor Life Inc. who partnered with AFETT to host this meeting to discuss critical health issues affecting women in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sagicor’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jacinto Martinez, and VP Operations, James Camacho, were on hand to welcome the Minister, while Agency Manager, Christopher Gouveia, delivered an interactive presentation on Critical Illness Planning. During his half-hour long featured presentation, Minister Deyalsingh announced that the government was exploring options for the implementation of a National Health Insurance Plan that would cushion the financial burden of health-related expenses for all socio-economic groups.
In direct response to a call from AFETT President Cavelle Joseph for discussion on specific health-related issues, the Minister gave comprehensive local statistics on maternal health, mental health, domestic violence, sexual reproductive rights and health, cervical cancer and the status of the zika virus. One noteworthy development announced by the Minister was the completion of interviews for the Director of Women’s Health and the filling of that position in the imminent future.
A spirited discussion followed the featured presentation as AFETT members vigorously questioned the Minister on a range of issues including sex education, mental health, customer service challenges in training front-line staff and the lack of counselling services for child victims of domestic violence. The Minster alluded to the need for a nationwide health education campaign on a range of issues including the higher health risks of career-oriented women who wait until their 30s to have a first child. His announcement that as a direct result of his Ministry’s adoption of proactive policies at the nation’s health institutions, no maternal deaths have been recorded for Trinidad and 1 in Tobago for 2016, occasioned lusty applause from the largely female audience.
Due to the success of this partnership, AFETT will be collaborating with Sagicor on future projects.