Like many individuals, the South West Regional Well being Authority (SWRHA) has created a kitchen backyard through the covid19 pandemic.
The authority launched its Culinary Medication Meals Park programme on the San Fernando Normal Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
The hydroponic backyard system is on the bottom ground. It produces chives, patchoi and lettuce, and SWRHA officers reaped the primary harvest. Planting started in July 2020.
SWRHA CEO Dr Brian Armour mentioned his son is a public well being skilled and thru him, he is aware of the significance of the “preparation and consumption of a nutritious diet.
“Usually instances, the distinction between life and demise is in a balanced meal,” he mentioned.
He mentioned regardless of financial challenges owing to the covid19 pandemic, the authority discovered artistic and progressive methods to maneuver ahead whereas spending properly on affected person care.
“It’s the purpose of the authority to enhance our diet providing with meals from our on-site farm, with the purpose of teaching our sufferers about selling and sustaining manufacturing of contemporary protected and nutritious meals, whereas making certain and sustaining a constant provide and variety to our sufferers.”
Renee Franklin, technical director of the Well being Ministry’s Well being Providers Assist Programme, mentioned one other kitchen backyard shall be launched quickly, on the Level Fortin Hospital.
She reminded the general public that most of the co-morbidities that covid19 sufferers have are non-communicable illnesses (NCDs) equivalent to diabetes.
“This presents a chance for us to reposition the cost to handle NCDs,” she mentioned. “It’s beneath this initiative that we problem every regional well being authority in Trinidad and Tobago to give you a communication initiative or initiatives.
“And we acknowledge the submission of SWRHA, the culinary drugs park, which we discover extraordinarily progressive as a result of it focuses on prevention…It’s time that we refocus and re-emphasise prevention. Main healthcare is necessary and we have to make investments higher in that space.”