Gre­nada on swine flu alert as neigh­bour­ing Trinidad records cases and deaths

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - - Caribbean360

Gre­nada’s Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, Dr. Ge­orge Mitchell, says the coun­try’s dis­ease sur­veil­lance sys­tem is on alert in light of con­firmed cases of the In­fluenza A (H1N1) virus – also known as swine flu – in Trinidad and Tobago.

There were 29 con­firmed cases of swine flu and three deaths in the twin-is­land repub­lic up to De­cem­ber 15. There was also an­other sus­pected death over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to Trinidad and Tobago me­dia re­ports, but that has not been con­firmed by health au­thor­i­ties.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh con­firmed the cases of the H1N1 virus/swine flu in T&T last week. Speak­ing at a me­dia con­fer­ence at the Min­istry of Health in Port of Spain, he said out of the three deaths, two of the pa­tients had pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions which made them vul­ner­a­ble to the virus.

Min­is­ter Deyals­ingh also re­futed a news­pa­per re­port suggest­ing there is cur­rently a pa­tient with the H1N1 virus/ swine flu at the San­gre Grande hos­pi­tal.

The Health Min­is­ter is also urg­ing cit­i­zens to get vac­ci­nated against the virus to pre­vent the spread. Cur­rently there are 7,500 avail­able in the pub­lic health sys­tem (3,500 adult vac­cines and 4,000 pae­di­atric vac­cines). The Min­istry of Health has, how­ever, placed an or­der with the Pan Amer­i­can Health Or­gainiza­tion for 20,000 more vac­cines.

Trinidad and Tobago’s

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh.

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