Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 1st 2016 Contents Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has ruled out
the possibility of abortions for pregnant women who
get the Zika virus. If such a woman wants an abortion,
they will have to consider that T&T s laws only allow
abortions if the mother s life is in danger, he said.
Speaking yesterday at a symposium held by UWI s
Medical Sciences Division on A Call to Arms Against
H1N1 and Zika Viruses, Deyalsingh said abortion would
be the start of a "slippery slope" and if that was started,
"what happens if an ultra sound shows another defect---
that starts the slippery slope of designer babies---we
don t want to go there."
Deyalsingh said the Government intends to prevent
pregnant women from being bitten by Zika-carrying
mosquitoes and is focused on source reduction.
"So let your plants die. Throw out the water from
the saucer under the pot. Better they die than talk about
abortions. What s more important, your plants or your
However, UWI molecular genetics/virology professor
Dr Christine Carrington said she would consider abortion.
Commenting on international calls for women to delay
pregnancies, she said a year might be advisable since
by that time T&T might have built up "herd immu-
nity" to Zika as had occurred for
Chikungunya. (Gail Alexander)
The quick action of a uniformed police officer prevented
a potentially dangerous situation during the annual Mara-
bella Kiddies Carnival.
While unsuspecting spectators and children revelled in
Carnival music and mas, a fire broke out at an adjoining
property near Khan s Chicken Poultry Depot on Marabella
Chairman of the Marabella Festival Council Allan Camp-
belle said the incident, could have damaged several business
places in the vicinity. He was alerted to the incident by
Michelle Boney, whose husband, Wilfred Rampersad, is an
employee at the depot.
Boney said she walked down the narrow alley, saw the
fire and smoke and quickly rushed stage-side to the judges
area to raise an alarm. Young masqueraders from the band
The Way it Was by The Nation s People
were on stage at the time.
Officials from Opposition regional
corporations have warned that cuts
in their budgetary allocations have
left them unable to deal with threats
from mosquito borne diseases,
including dengue fever and the Zika
During a news briefing at the
Chaguanas Borough Corporation over
the weekend, several of them complained
that the slashing of their budgets by seven
per cent has left them unable to properly
provide goods and services to their burgesses.
Aiknath Singh, chairman of the Princess Town
Regional Corporation, commenting on the call by Min-
ister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh for the regional bodies
to deal with mosquito eradication, said a cut in material
and supplies makes it impossible for them to maintain
vehicles and secure materials. Singh said contracted serv-
ices are also to be slashed.
"When you deplete that it is a recipe for dis-
aster," he said, adding that since the Corporation
has no money to provide truck borne water to
burgesses, people may have to resort to col-
lecting and storing stagnant water which can
be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan, who also
spoke at the press conference, expressed concern that
litter wardens had been sent home from all regional
bodies except the Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corpora-
Chairman Premchand Sookoo said the Penal/Debe
Regional Corporation had suffered a budgetary a shortfall
of $13 million and is unable to maintain its workforce.
He said if the corporation does not get additional funds
170 employees will have to be sent home by the end of
Today is World Hijab Day. While
many in this country may not even be
aware there is such an event, T&T has
an ambassador representing the cause.
The movement is promoted primarily
through social media to encourage easier
acceptance of hijabs and change the mis-
conception that it symbolises oppression
and deprivation of womens rights.
The entire concept was initiated
through Nazma Khan in New York in
2013, after she endured discrimination
throughout her entire school life. It is now
commemorated in more than 140 countries
In 2014, Trinidadian Fatima Siwaju contacted
Khan and was subsequently accepted as this country s
first ambassador. Siwaju was succeeded by Nadia
Mulchan, one of the groups s core members.
Mulchan, has held the position for the last two years
and is currently grooming two young members, Zaliaah
Ali and Hannah Dattadeen, for future leadership.
She said while vast majority of citizens show respect
for women wearing the headpiece, there are pockets of
society where in the past the wearing of the hijab
As far as Mulchan is aware, T&T is the
only country which hosts a week of events.
This includes booths across the country,
including Tobago, where visitors were invited
to try on hijabs and are enlightened on the
rights of Muslim women.
"We have had people tell us they now understand the
beauty in it and even some who have expressed their
intentions to wear a hijab for a day just for the experience
or to see the response from others," she said.
Mulchan has also taken the event to the nation s schools.
Last year there was a drama competition for secondary
schools, themed Why yuh wearing Dis. Incidently, a group
of non-Muslim students at Asja Girls, Barrackpore,
emerged winners. This year the competition s theme is
A Day in the Life of a Hijabi.
There will also be a hijab designing contest, open to
all, except established or professional designers. Registration
closes on February 24. The winner will get a two-week
internship with local designer, Noorulain Agha-Ganga,
as well as a shopping spree at Designer Trendz, Diego
Martin. The runner up will receive a custom made outfit
from Designer Look, Marabella.
Participants can design a piece and contact the group
via their Facebook page, WHDTT2014.
Their page also offers viewings of videos of people
from all walks of life, who wear hijabs, even athletes.
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