Former health minister, Dr Fuad Khan, is demanding that the current health minister retract his allegation that the People’s Partnership Government hid critical information on the H1N1 virus and related deaths in the country.
The call comes in the wake of statements Terrence Deyalsingh made at a PNM political meeting in Tunapuna, this week.
According to Minister Deyalsingh, former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar allegedly instructed public officials to hide swine flu mortality statistics, during the period 2013 to 2015.
There have been three deaths from swine flu since the current flu season began in October.
Confirmation has come from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram, who explains the virus has been in this country since 2009.
He says because of the health ministry’s aggressive vaccination approach, T&T has seen its numbers of flu cases drop, from 4,400 cases in 2014, peaking at 7,100 in 2018, to 2,077 this year.
The 2020 influenza vaccine is expected to arrive in T&T today.
Yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh refuted reports of the government covering up a 'deadly outbreak' of H1N1 in Trinidad and Tobago.
A social media page alleged that there were thirty deaths thus far, and approximately one thousand cases reported at hospitals.
In his statement, the minister noted that the H1N1 is nothing new. He also indicated the country's flu season started in October and runs until May.
The Swine Flu virus has claimed yet another victim, this time a 56-year-old woman who has been warded at the Sangre Grande Hospital.
The confirmation comes from the Ministry of Health, which issued the following statement today:
"The Ministry of Health notes with sadness the passing of 56 year old Seedaye Ramkissoon, a patient of the Sangre Grande Hospital who passed away following a seventeen (17) day stay in the Intensive Care Unit due to complications that arose from a combination of hypertension and H1N1 Influenza.
The country has recorded yet another death from Swine Flu.
The confirmation comes from a media statement issued by the Ministry of Health, as it seeks to remind citizens to exercise precautions to avoid the spread of the virus.
The following is the statement from the Ministry of Health.