Sunday 15 December, 2019

No H1N1 outbreak at Chaguanas school

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh responds to a question in the House of Representatives on November 15, 2019.
© 2019 Office of the Parliament. All rights reserved.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh responds to a question in the House of Representatives on November 15, 2019. © 2019 Office of the Parliament. All rights reserved.

There has been no confirmation of an outbreak of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) at the Chaguanas North Secondary School.

The assurance came from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh who confirmed that there was only one suspected case, and the patient has since fully recovered.

He was responding to an urgent question in the Parliament on Friday.

Deyalsingh said the schoolteacher seemed to have contracted the common cold and not the H1N1 virus.

“Since the report of that teacher being ill with what seems to be the common cold, the school has in fact been sanitised and the best measures anybody can take is: cover your nose and mouth when you are sneezing, wash your hands frequently, use anti-bacterial agents and so on.”

The Minister urged citizens to get the influenza vaccine which is currently available at all health centres.

He said even with Government taking steps to bring in 100,000 doses of the vaccine, few people have been getting vaccinated.

He stressed that prevention is a “whole lot better than cure” especially when dealing with the influenza virus.

“So far the uptake of these vaccines has been disappointingly low. So, I urge the five categories of people that we like to vaccinate, that is, pregnant women, schoolchildren between six months and five years, those who are immune-compromised, the elderly, those with diabetes and healthcare workers.”

“Please, the uptake has been disappointingly low, make yourselves available for the free vaccines,” the Minister urged.

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