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Public health and Covid-19 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 71.0 years for men and 77.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 2.1 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 1,167.93 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 7.0 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago

Current incidence in the week ending 01/27/2023: 37.1 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until January 27th, 2023, a total of 187,204 infected people and 4,297 deaths have been reported in Trinidad and Tobago.

The total of 187,204 infected people currently represents 13.38 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding January 27th, 2023, was 519, for a 7-day incidence of 37.1 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 2.3 percent in Trinidad and Tobago.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 1.59 million vaccine doses have been administered as of January 20th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 754,399 people who have received at least one vaccination (53.9 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 171,719 people (12.3 percent).

718,291 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Trinidad and Tobago (= 51.3 percent).
Thus, Trinidad and Tobago belongrather to the lower midfield in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 140 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.

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%
Tuberculosis0.13‰1.34‰
HIV / Aids0.01%0.03%

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


Child vaccinations

Trinidad and TobagoØ worldwide
Measles93.0%81.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.40%8.14%

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

The number of underweight newborns is 12 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Trinidad and TobagoThe 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 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 4,070 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 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 17 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Sources

The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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