Deyalsingh: UNC hid flu death statistics

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 21:30

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh claims Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar instructed public officials to hide flu mortality statistics for the period 2013-2015.

Speaking at a PNM public meeting at the Exodus pan yard in Tunapuna last night, the minister said he has always been transparent about the flu death statistics.

He said between 2015 and 2017 there were no deaths, there were eight last year and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) had previously said there were three deaths so far this year. 

Deyalsingh said while the Opposition has taken to social media via its online trolls to accuse him of suppressing data, he has evidence that the UNC hid that information while it was in government.

He said the data is unavailable.

The minister said on Friday, former education minister Tim Gopeesingh will be tabling a private motion to the Lower House to discuss the H1N1 virus in this country. He said while the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bridgid Annissette-George might not give leave for parliamentarians to debate the motion, he will be sending his findings on the unavailable data to the media.

 - Akash Samaroo