Former education minister and Caroni East MP, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, says health minister Terrence Deyalsingh is guilty of negligence and mismanagement of the H1N1 outbreak in this country.
In an official statement, the Caroni East MP accuses the health minister of “engaging cheap politics and abdicating his responsibilities to citizens’ lives with respect to the H1N1 (Swine) flu outbreak”.
Health minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, at the PNM meeting on Tuesday 5 November, 2019
Dr Gopeesingh points to the fact that there have been three deaths as a result of H1N1, and notes that intensive care units at private and public health institutions filled with patients affected with either the H1N1 or the H3N2 virus. He says the minister is politicising the crisis.
He also condemned Minister Deyalsingh for what he says is the minister’s attack on hard-working public officers, with his claims that official statistics of H1N1-related deaths were covered up during the tenure of the People’s Partnership Government.
According to Dr Gopeesingh, the health minister has bungled the H1N1 crisis, just as he did with the preceding Zika outbreak, during which four people died and the lives of thousands of nationals were imperilled.
Dr Gopeesingh says the minister—in addition to not ordering enough vaccines for this flu season—also is guilty of an inadequate collection of relevant data by both the public and private health sectors, noting that emergency departments and public health centres should be mandated to facilitate a strong epidemiologic surveillance.
The Caroni East MP also points out that patients are not being subjected to tests, and the services of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) are not being appropriately utilized.
He is suggesting that the minister should be focussing now on mounting a massive “dos-and-don’ts” education campaign aimed at preventing the spread of the infectious H1N1 virus.
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