Corona virus and healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago

Healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago

Healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Trinidad and Tobago is 70.8 years for men and 76.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 0.8 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Trinidad and Tobago

Currently: 1.3 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By January 18th, 2021, 7393 infected persons and 132 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 7,393 infected people represent 0.53% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 2nd calendar week (// to //) was 128 , representing 1.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.

Covid 19 virus infected in Trinidad and Tobago
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Trinidad and Tobago

The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Trinidad and Tobago results in a mortality rate of 1.8%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
02/20211284
01/2021971
53/2020532
52/20201030
51/20201333
50/20201120
49/20201072
48/20202105
47/20203703
46/20202311

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height176 cm163 cm
BMI26.628.7
Weight82.1 kg76.4 kg

Diseases

Trinidad and TobagoØ worldwide
Diabetes *11.00%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.02%0.13%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

Trinidad and TobagoØ worldwide
Measles99.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
DTP *9.30%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
12 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Trinidad and Tobago is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.0 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 3,720 physicians in Trinidad and Tobago, there are about 2.67 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 21 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).