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"I did not do this for politics, I just decided
to continue the work I was doing before."
According to Khan, the virus is easily
transmittable like the common cold and
people should protect themselves by making
sure they have not been in contact with
anyone who may have had swine flu or any
He added that proper hygiene, such as
washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes
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Former health minister Dr Fuad Khan says he
knew about the death of Siparia mother Cherrie
Ryce to the deadly H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) but
withheld information because he did not want any-
one to panic.
He also said he was informed of Ryce s death at
the San Fernando General Hospital on Saturday by
his medical colleagues and waited for the Health
Ministry to inform the public.
When the ministry failed to do so, he said he issued
a tailored press release on Wednesday, warning citizens
to be vigilant.
In his release, he called on citizens to be cautious
as there was a resurgence of virus in India and parts
of South Asia, which share close ties with T&T.
However, he did not say that the virus was already
in the country. Noting the 2009 pandemic in which
14,286 confirmed deaths were reported, he called on
local authorities to put the proper measures in place.
Speaking in an interview from Mexico yesterday,
Khan said: "Yes I knew about it. I am in the medical
fraternity so I must know. I heard about it and I
decided to coach my release not to panic people.
"I tend to get a lot of information through my
medical colleagues and I was able to indicate to the
people to be careful of the H1N1. I did not want to
say it was here in Trinidad to panic anyone but I
gave them tips on how to protect themselves in terms
of certain factors."
Asked if there was a reason to worry, he said: "If
you are an elderly person, a young child, diabetic or
suffer with an immune deficiency, you will be sus-
"That is why I sent out the release because I realised
nobody was doing anything. I was waiting on the
Ministry of Health to say something, when I did not
Fuad: I knew about swine flu death
In a humble service at the Church of
Christ, Siparia, Ryce, 46, of Happy Hill was
remembered for her perseverance
throughout her many ailments. With a
damage hip suffered during a childhood
accident, Ryce's brother, Wayne John, said
she was unable to walk properly, had an eye
problem and it left a large scare on her face.
Delivering the eulogy, John said that
caused her to gain weight and developed
diabetes. With no husband, no work and
raising two children on her own, he said
Ryce life was a struggle.
Despite her adversity, he said, she was
able to overcome her many problems,
eventually opening a parlour with food
items her sister sent to her from the US.
She even transformed her home from a dirt
flood galvanised shack to one that was tiled
RYCE LAID TO REST
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