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If an H1N1 (swine flu) vac-
cination shot is not available,
the next best form of protection
against the disease may be
According to Robert
Mohammed, marketing manager
of Ansa McAl Chemicals Ltd,
producers of Clean & White
bleach, the chlorine in the prod-
uct kills viruses and larvae asso-
ciated with diseases like H1N1,
Zika, Chik V and dengue.
infected is just a matter of
touching the surface of some-
thing that has the virus and then
touching your eyes.
"Cleaning hard surfaces with
bleach helps prevent these virus-
es from thriving," he said.
Mohammed spoke to the T&T
Guardian as he distributed five
cases of Clean & White bleach
and ten buckets on behalf of his
company to the Darul Hannan
Residential Care Facility, a geri-
atric home, at Ravine Sable,
The donation was received by
Lt Cdr Shariffudin Mohammed
of Islamic Community Services,
which manages the home.
The gesture caused Sharif-
fudin to remember that Ansa
McAl many years ago, donated
$20,000 in windows and blocks
to help in the building of a shed
at the facility.
"We are thankful for the
bleach," he said.
He said there are 25 elderly
people at the home and so far
no one has contracted the H1N1
"We have a doctor who visits
regularly, a registered nurse and
geriatric nurses to help look after
Mohammed said his company
normally does infection preven-
tion campaigns and the reported
scarcity of the H1N1 vaccine in
T&T and the fact that the elderly
and pregnant women were par-
ticularly vulnerable to the dis-
ease, prompted the latest drive.
"This is the first home we are
doing and we plan to cover
homes in every region in T&T,
including Tobago," he added.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 7, 2016
Canadian consultant at public lecture:
Canadian consultant Professor Frederick Stapen-
hurst of McGill University says a more productive
Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) can sig-
nificantly reduce corruption in T&T.
He said so during Tuesday s public lecture at the
J Hamilton Maurice Room, Parliament Building,
Tower D , Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.
He quoted statistics to show that T&T was "doing
poorly in terms of combating corruption," adding
that the PAC in T&T was only producing two or
three reports a year which was not the international
"There is a direct correlation. Those countries
where PAC produces more reports have greater control
of corruption than those which don t, so if you want
higher standards of living, if you want lower levels
of corruption you need to have a productive PAC,"
According to the Canadian expert: "There is a
demonstrated link between public accounts activity
and PAC output. PAC effectiveness is a cause and
not a consequence of good governance."
Among those in the audience were House Speaker
Bridgid Annisette-George, Senate President Christine
Kangaloo, Government Ministers, Opposition MPs,
senators, president of the Law Association Reginald
Armour, former JCC president Afra Raymond and
MSJ leader David Abdulah.
Stapenhurst said: "It is not lower corruption or
better governance (that) increases PAC effectiveness,
it is the other way around."
He said T&T s "level of corruption is so high
because the PAC, while active, does not complete
its work by producing reports, submitting them to
Parliament and having them debated."
He said that development may "also explain why
there is such low public trust in Parliament."
Stapenhurst said T&T was one of the few countries
in the world where the work of MPs was considered
to be part-time.
He maintained: "The poor outcomes of parlia-
mentary oversight in this country are attributable to
the fact that MPs are unable to complete their work
because of time pressures (and) this lack of output
from oversight activity largely explains the high level
of corruption in T&T."
He said if corruption was to be reduced real GDP
would be 24 per cent higher in T&T.
Yesterday Stapenhurst addressed MPs at the same
venue and today he will speak with journalists on
the issue of parliamentary oversight at the Parlia-
PAC can help
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