Medical doctor, Dr Rai Ragbir, is calling on the Ministers of Education and Health to work in together, to ensure primary school students—especially those suffering with asthma—get the flu vaccine.
Speaking with Guardian Media on Tuesday at his Chaguanas offices, Dr Ragbir said over 35 reported cases of death because of the virus has many worried, yet the Ministry of Health was moving in an archaic manner to ensure nationals are vaccinated.
The ministry of health is doubling down on its insistence that there is no flu outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.
In an official statement, the ministry is reasserting that suspected influenza cases for the last three years have been on the decline.
The ministry said there were 6,500 cases in 2016, but that dropped to just over 2,000 for this year, so far.
One hundred thousand doses of the influenza vaccine will be given to all hospitals and health centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The ministry says that process should be completed by Friday.
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 NWRHA has announced that extended hours will not be available in some of its Health Centres. The following is the full press release:
The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) wishes to advise the public that the extended opening hour services will not be available at the following Health Centres on Saturday 24th December and Saturday 31st December 2016: