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Another pregnant woman catches Zika

Saturday, May 7 2016

A PREGNANT woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus. So far there have been 23 laboratory confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus, four Chikungunya cases and five dengue cases.

This was announced by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh during a news conference at the Health Ministry, Park Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The minister declined to say where the woman is from or what is her status. Deyalsingh also stated that maternal mortality has dropped from double digit figures, with this year’s figure at one with a mother in Tobago.

“I have adopted this as my own personal cause. Over the years when you look at the data about maternal mortality, Trinidad and Tobago has an unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality. Too many of our mothers and wouldbe mothers have not made it out of the operating theatre.

“I also assumed the temporary responsibilities as the director of women’s health until someone can be found to fill the substantive role. We have instituted many short and medium term policies positions do decrease the incidents of maternal mortality,” he said.

The minister said previously in TT, there were five to six maternal deaths per year, now he wanted to bring that figure to zero.

He said the decrease in maternal deaths did not come about with wishful thinking by the ministry, but because of policy measures and policy implementation.



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