SINCE its establishment at 7A, Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain in April 2021, the Henry Durant Clinic has provided free primary healthcare services to over 600 vulnerable people nationwide.
Of these, around 85% were from the local migrant population, TT Red Cross President Jill De Bourg said on Saturday at the opening of the clinic’s facilities in Tobago at Signal Hill.
De Bourg’s remarks were echoed in a written address delivered by Red Cross crisis management coordinator Stephan Kishore.
She said the most common conditions treated were hypertension, diabetes, and issues related to sexual and reproductive health.
“These figures clearly illustrate the need for these types of services right here at TT. We are encouraged by these statistics and have strengthened our resolve as a humanitarian organization to continue the work we are doing in this sector,” she said.
De Bourg said the goal of the clinic is to provide community health and well-being to those who need it most, regardless of race, religion, nationality, class or political views. .
She added that the clinic, which is supported by volunteer doctors, nurses and other health specialists, caters to those who may not feel comfortable accessing other health facilities due to language barriers or co-morbidities.
Like the Port of Spain clinic, De Bourg said the Tobago facility will also provide psychosocial support for children and adults as well as a play space for children.
For now, the Tobago clinic will only be open on Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
De Bourg thanked corporate donors and other good Samaritans for helping to keep the clinic afloat over the past 17 months.
“In addition to funding the projects themselves, public donations keep the lights on in our offices and staff them.”
De Bourg specifically mentioned the contributions of the European Union and Nestlé to the initiative.
HAT Health, Welfare and Welfare Secretary Dr Faith BYisrael, who is out of the country on official business, said in a video presentation that she was delighted the clinic Henry Durant is now established in Tobago.
Echoing De Bourg’s sentiments, BYisrael said vulnerable people who may not want to go to public health facilities run by the THA but feel more comfortable accessing private medical facilities .
She said the division was working with some of its international partners to ensure services are provided to all vulnerable populations on the island, including migrants.
Dr. Anjello Toussaint, former president of the TT Medical Association ((Tobago branch), also spoke.