Dr. Adesh Sirjusingh

Dr. Adesh Sirjusingh is an obstetrician/gynaecologist whose contribution to women’s health in T&T includes administrative oversight of a reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality rates, well ahead of targets set by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  His volunteer community work at health fairs and in far-flung parts of the country is testament to a public servant who goes way beyond his duty. 

A strong believer in public empowerment, he has produced countless brochures educating women, in simple language, on health issues they might be uncomfortable to ask about.  

Dr. Sirjusingh is Director of Women’s Health at the Ministry of Health – the first and only person to hold the post. The 55-year-old specialist doctor is noted for the originality of his achievements in public healthcare system management, consistently devising creative ways to problem-solve.  

Earlier in his career, he was responsible for the transformation of the under-equipped Sangre Grande Hospital into a modern training hospital offering quality care. Under his stewardship, the hospital was able to offer specialist care to women 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning that many no longer had to travel long distances for quality care.  

Dr. Sirjusingh has worked in the public health system for over 30 years. Beyond his push for public education and doctor training, he makes time to hold free clinics for the people of eastern Trinidad, where he grew up.