Thu, Jan

Deyalsingh: Decision on Home of Football soon.

HEALTH Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said after the ministry re-assesses the parallel healthcare system, it will decide whether the Home of Football in Couva will continue to be used as a step-down facility.

Last week, chairman of the TT Football Association’s (TTFA) normalisation committee Robert Hadad said as 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup qualifiers near, it may soon need the facility back.

The US$2.5 million facility in Balmain, Couva was opened in November 2019.

Hadad said, “We obviously have to meet with the Minister of Health, we have to talk to the Minister of National Security and see how possible it is for us to create our own bubble...The intention is to get the Home of Football back to use for the purpose it was intended (for).”

But in a virtual press conference on Wednesday morning, Deyalsingh said no formal notification of this had been made yet, but he has “noted the comments in the media.

“(At 1.30 pm) Principal Medical Officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards is meeting with me and our disaster management unit, together with the permanent secretary and the Chief Medical Officer (Dr Roshan Parasram) to do a total review of our parallel healthcare system in terms of capacity in case we have to take Home of Football out of the grid…And after that, we should have a response.”