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.
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.
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.
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.