H1N1 virus in T&TThere is word that the Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh has confirmed that so far there have been 29 laboratory confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, also known as ‘swine flu’, in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Minister reportedly made the comments at a press conference this morning.

He confirmed that the Health Ministry’s intentions to order 20,000 H1N1 vaccines from the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) to combat the spread of the dangerous virus.

He also confirmed that there will now be weekly press briefings every Friday to address health issues.

On Wednesday there were unconfirmed reports that a Mount Hope patient succumbed to the H1N1 virus, while earlier this year a Siparia woman died of the H1N1 virus at the San Fernando General Hospital.

There were also media reports this morning that a man exhibiting symptoms of the disease had entered a Hospital in the east.

Reports stated that nurses and even patients at the Sangre Grande District Hospital became fearful with some patients deciding to discharge themselves when the Mayaro man was admitted to the institution on Wednesday night.

Tests later confirmed he was suffering with the highly contagious disease.

When news of this circulated around the hospital this reportedly caused a panic at the Institution.

It was also reported that the Hospital had no isolation area set aside or protective gear except latex gloves and masks, available to minimize exposure to health care workers, doctors, patients warded and other members of the public.