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San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein
says there may be a lot more than
seven people in Trinidad with the Zika
virus as he says many people have the
virus and did not know.
He said so during the San Fernando
City Corporation s statutory meeting
at the City Hall auditorium on Tues-
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry
announced the latest case, a 40-year-
old man of St Ann s, Port-of-Spain.
"I was speaking to a doctor yesterday
and he was telling me there are many
people who have all the symptoms of
Zika but don t know they have the
virus," Hosein said.
Later, during a visit to the Gulf View
community where the nation s sixth
confirmed Zika patient resides, Hosein
reiterated his statements, saying:
"A lot of people have this virus and
don t know they have it. Just last week
someone in the Public Health Depart-
ment came down with the red eye,
which is one of the symptoms of the
"I specifically said at the statutory
meeting that we will not be taking this
lightly," Hosein said.
He was unable to meet with the vic-
tim as Public Health Inspector Jameel
Mohammed said the man had returned
to his job as he had gotten over his
"He came down with symptoms
around March 10, it lasted about a week
and coincidentally he was on holiday
at the time and he has since gone back
out to work," Mohammed said.
The man, a 31-year-old engineer, is
the third person to contract the virus
in Gulf View district in the past month.
On March 5, Gulf View resident Ollen
Storey and her daughter received con-
firmation that they had both tested
positive for the virus.
Hosein said the corporation intended
to ramp up its action in the fight against
Zika, with house-to-house spraying
which began on Wednesday in the Gulf
He said he was given instructions by
Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh
to "step up" the fight against Zika.
Mohammed called for the co-oper-
ation of citizens as, he said, the spraying
would take place inside of people s
"We will be doing house-to-house
spraying that would involve going into
people s homes and they will need to
co-operate with us," Mohammed said.
"We have a problem with closed
houses because when our workers visit
almost 30 per cent of the houses are
closed," he added.
Mohammed said citizens needed to
understand the seriousness of the threat
the Aedes Aegypti mosquito posed as
the mosquito could survive and breed
in the smallest amounts of water.
San Fernando West MP Faris Al-
Rawi says he never received any peti-
tion from Gulf View residents before
the outbreak of Zika in his con-
He was contacted on Tuesday after
a third case of the virus was confirmed
in his area.
He was asked whether he had
received a petition from the Gulf View
Community Enrichment Group, led
by resident Viliana Ramoutarsingh.
Earlier this month, Ramoutarsingh
had gathered over 50 signatures to
take to Al-Rawi, calling for the drains
in Gulf View to be maintained.
Al-Rawi said although he kept in
close contact with his constituency,
he had never seen any petition.
He added: "As MP for San Fernando
West, I have ensured that all com-
plaints are addressed with urgency
and I am of course available to manage
any other issue.
"I have not had, despite my con-
tinuous constituency operations, any
form of complaint lodged at the con-
stituency office, nor have I been called
by any member of Gulf View in rela-
tion to this matter though I have dealt
with many other issues and addressed
them from street lighting to drainage
and to coastal defence works."
He accused the last administration
of strangling the constituency during
The T&T Guardian contacted
Ramoutarsingh who claimed she had
received a letter of acknowledgement
from the constituency s office manager
after sending the petition to Al-Rawi s
Faris: I got no petition
Sando mayor admits:
Some unaware they have Zika
He added: "People
must really be conscious
of stagnant water on
their premises because
this mosquito is a sur-
vivor. If this mosquito
is allowed even a cork-
full of water it will sur-
vive and we need to
attack from the source.
"We really need to
realise the seriousness
of this. This is the third
disease this mosquito
has spread and has
caused epidemics in
"I am referring to
dengue, Chik V and
now this... what more
us to realise this mos-
quito is a survivor?"
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein examines a potential mosquito breeding area
during a tour with health inspectors at Gulf View, La Romaine, on Tuesday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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