The Trinidad and Tobago Health Ministry is on high alert for cases of Swine Flu following the death of a third patient from the deadly virus, the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian has been reported.
A statement from the South-West Regional Health Authority in response to the Guardian’s report on the death of a Tabaquite woman said “proper medical procedures were followed” at the San Fernando General Hospital in treating Nicole Seecharan.
“The SWRHA continues to be on heightened alert and surveillance for swine flu cases and has coordinated all its facilities to be fully prepared for any further presence of the disease in the South-West Region,” the Guardian quoted the statement as saying.
The nnewspaper said that in a telephone interview with Guardian Media, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said, “I’ve been making this call since November last year. I myself took the influenza vaccine to show how important it is to get inoculated. The flu is not to be taking lightly, it is a deadly virus.”
In 2018, there were two influenza-related deaths for flu season, Deyalsingh confirmed: “and that was despite an aggressive vaccination programme by the Ministry of Health.”
In preparation for the 2019 flu season, the Health Ministry brought in 75,000 doses of the influenza vaccine, which can be requested at health centres free of charge, the Guardian reported.
“Some citizens have not been listening to my calls. Unless there is an emergency we do not act. You can only safeguard your health by getting the flu vaccination shot,” Deyalsingh was quoted by the newspaper as saying.