UHWI to Treat Children at No Cost – Starting October 2

Starting October 2, children under the age of 18 years will receive healthcare services at the UHWI completely free of charge.

This was revealed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Chris Tufton, who emphasised the importance of immediate action during a press on Wednesday.

The move comes as the country grapples with a dengue outbreak, which has placed immense pressure on healthcare facilities, particularly the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr. Tufton acknowledged the challenges faced by the Bustamante Hospital, stating, “We have spoken to the UHWI to allow persons affected who cannot be accommodated, particularly children at the Bustamante hospital, to take that overflow.”


Dr. Tufton also called upon school administrators to be vigilant and follow proper procedures when dealing with children affected by dengue.

He emphasised the importance of identifying and eradicating mosquito breeding sites in institutions, working closely with parish health teams to prevent further outbreaks.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, presents with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. In some cases, it can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), a potentially life-threatening condition characterised by internal bleeding, liver enlargement, and high fever.

Approximately one in four individuals infected with dengue will develop severe symptoms.

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