|Another microcephaly birth |
By MIRANDA LA ROSE Thursday, December 1 2016
THE HEALTH authorities are currently investigating the birth of another baby with microcephaly to determine whether it was related to the Aedes aegypti mosquito- borne Zika virus.
“We are investigating one more as we speak,” Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told reporters yesterday at the Hilton Trinidad following the opening of a workshop on “Maternal Mortality and Near-Miss Audit Training”.
Asked to give further information, he said, “I have no details. I will not divulge the area. Families have been asking for their privacy to be respected.” Meanwhile, he said, the first baby born with microcephaly due to the Zika virus “was doing as well as can be expected.” An audiological testing was conducted on the baby and the parents got the results, he said. Asked what the results were, the minister said, “I cannot divulge anybody’s medical history.” All the systems were in place to treat with the growth and development of the baby, he said. He added that the Ministry of Health has made arrangements with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services to get financial aid for the family and this has begun.
On confirmed Zika cases, he said, “There were quite a few.” The four counties with the highest numbers were St George East, St George West, St George Central and Victoria.
The major issue with combating the Zika virus, he said, was still the public’s reluctance to clean their surroundings. Deyalsingh said that public health inspectors hade served over 3,000 notices and the majority have cleaned up their surroundings. “If they do not clean up within a week, they are fined.
So a certain percentage have been fined,” he said.