Gopeesingh: "Government failed T&T on Zika..."

The re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for care and pro­tec­tion for ba­bies with mi­cro­cephaly should be in the state’s hands since Gov­ern­ment was late in re­spond­ing to prepa­ra­tions for last year’s Zi­ka mos­qui­to epi­dem­ic and ba­bies with Mi­cro­cephaly were lat­er born, says UNC MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

Gopeesingh was speak­ing in yes­ter­day’s 2020 Bud­get de­bate in the Low­er House.

Mi­cro­cephaly, a con­di­tion where a ba­by’s head is small­er than nor­mal, is caused by the Zi­ka virus among oth­er con­di­tions.

Four babies born with Microcephaly this year

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that four babies were born with Microcephaly this year.

The figure comes in an update on the Zika virus, issued by the Ministry of Health today.

"The Ministry of Health would like to report that the total number of confirmed cases of Zika since the onset of the epidemic on February 11th, 2016 has been 718 cases. Of these, 463 confirmed cases have been noted in pregnancy.

BREAKING: Health Ministry confirms first Zika-related microcephaly birth in T&T

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh has confirmed the first Zika linked microcephaly birth in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Minister made the announcement at a news conference held by the Ministry this afternoon.

The Minister says the Zika-related microcephaly birth occurred in early September and was confirmed via blood tests.

The Ministry of Health says, however, that it cannot give health status of the baby at this time.

We will update this report when we get more.

Baby born with Microcephaly; Health Ministry not linking it to Zika virus

A baby has been born in Trinidad and Tobago with Microcephaly but the Ministry of Health says there is no conclusive evidence to link it to the Zika virus. 

The Health Ministry issued the following statement Monday evening.

"The Ministry of Health announces the birth of a baby with Microcephaly.