Now former Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan is telling News Power Now that not enough collaboration is happening across the country, to counteract the problem.
MP for Barataria, Fuad Khan is of the strong belief that the Ministry is caught up with dealing with specific areas,
rather than the whole.
On Minister Terrence Deyalsingh recent distribution of Insect Zappers to people in areas that have a
concentration of mosquitos, the former Health Minister said the Minister should try using a Zapper himself.
Dr. Khan said he has received correspondence from residents in his constituency of Barataria, indicating that
there has been little to no spraying taking place by the Insect Vector Control Unit.
He told News Power Now that he has heard that the distribution of money across the health sector has been
limited, and says he is now left to wonder if this is affecting the control and elimination of the Zika virus in
Trinidad and Tobago.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health yesterday, it was noted that new measures will be implemented in
the fight against the mosquito borne virus.
The Ministry said there will be an enforcement of revised legislation and the imposition of higher penalties under
the Yellow Fever Regulations of the Public Health Ordinance, Chapter 12 No. 4 Section 105. In May this year,
penalties under this ordinance were increased from $500 to $3500.