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Although there continues to be growing public
fear over swine flu (H1N1) after the confirmation
of six local cases, Health Minister Fuad Khan
says there is no epidemic in T&T
Noting that five of the cases were from at the
San Fernando General Hospital and one at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Khan
said yesterday that this figure was expected to
However, he said T&T has had swine flu cases
since it first appeared here in 2009 and that people
have been going to hospitals exhibiting symptoms
of the virus since then.
"I would appreciate if people do not panic, as
those who are susceptible are those who are
extremely obese, those who have chronic lung
problems and those who are immune suppressed.
"People who have cancer treatments, et cetera,
they should go and get the vaccine themselves if
they are around people who have swine flu symp-
toms. Other than that, just use caution and not
rush for it," Khan said.
Khan said the hysteria over the virus was caused
by a swine flu related death in Barbados last week,
where four cases had been confirmed.
"Six confirmed; five in San Fernando, one in
Eric Williams, but there will be a lot more con-
firmed cases, you know. It has always been around,
it is just that people are making a hullabaloo
about it because of what happened in Barbados,"
Asked how he would rate the presence of the
virus in T&T, Khan said it was normal.
He said: "The World Health Organisation and
Paho (Pan American Health Organisation) have
indicated that it is nothing unusual. Since 2009,
it has always been around and we have been organ-
ising. The people who died and were very sus-
ceptible were people who went for treatment late."
With the San Fernando hospital receiving a
fresh batch of vaccines on Friday, Khan said his
ministry has been spreading information on the
virus. He said vaccinations are now available at
most health centres as it was not supposed to be
done at hospitals. (SEE PAGE 8)
Khan supported acting South West Regional
Health Authority CEO Dr Shivanan Gopeesingh s
call for students exhibiting signs of the virus to
stay at home.
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Fuad: No swine flu
epidemic in T&T
He said the PSA s general
council had mandated him to
approach the Attorney General s
Office and the Commissioner
of State Lands to rescind the
lease arrangements. Duke said
after the Baptiste-Primus-led
executive left office, the PSA
finances went down.
"I came in at a time when the
Public Service was very quiet
and the Public Service was being
destroyed bit by bit, and we
stopped the destruction of 2,175
jobs in the Public Service. That
was our first accomplishment
and from that moment on we
have not lost jobs in the Public
Service, we have saved jobs,"
However, former PSA general
secretary Oral Saunders said
Baptiste-Primus had left $7 mil-
lion in the coffers of the PSA
when she left office in 2009.
"Duke has exhausted the
funds of the union and not once
did he present a budget that met
with the conference of delegates
as stipulated in the constitution,"
He also said that it was illegal
for Duke s hand-picked general
council to overturn a decision
of the conference of delegates
with regard to the lease arrange-
ments. Admitting that the lease
was not in the interest of the
PSA, however, Saunders said he
also did not know what was the
thinking behind the new lease
"For Duke to now say that the
general council has given him a
decision is totally immoral. Duke
has removed legitimate members
of the general council and
replaced them. Those members
of the general council were sup-
posed to be elected not selected,
so he cannot go to the State to
overturn this arrangement unless
he gets authorisation from the
PSA s conference of delegates,"
He added that it was shocking
that Duke and his executives
had not paid the PSA s annual
$2 million debts since they took
office in 2010. Duke was elected
on November 25, 2010, with a
winning number of 2,461 votes.
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The incomplete La Fortresse development at Long Circular
Road, St James. A continuing debt to the State on the project
is reportedly now at $14 million. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Meanwhile, PSA first vice-president Rosanna Robertson,
who is contesting the election on a slate called PSA Liberators,
said the latest financial records show the union only has under
$1 million in its coffers.
She said, "We know our finances are in shambles and the
first thing we will have to do when we get into office is to do a
She also said the PSA had $7 million in 2009, but a lot of
this money went towards paying legal fees for the incumbent
president. Robertson said a lot of the legal squabbles had
drained the PSA as Duke paid legal fees out of the union's
"The union is in serious financial difficulty," Robertson said.
"We have to wait until we get dues in to keep this union
afloat. There are a lot of creditors who did work who have not
been paid and there are some lawyers who we are still owing
Chairman of another election slate---the PSA Phoenix---
Harold Murray said Duke collects a monthly salary of $26,000.
In terms of allowances, he said Duke has $2,500 a month in
entertainment, a phone allowance of $1,500, travelling
allowance of $2,000 a month, housing allowance of $5,000
and a chauffeur allowance of $1,500.
Repeated efforts were made to contact Baptiste-Primus
about the PSA's finances and the controversial land lease over
the past week, but she did not respond to texts or voice
messages. Baptiste-Primus is the labour relations officer of
Efforts to contact the Commissioner of State Lands were
MONIES DRAINED ON LEGAL FEES
PSA VP: Only $1m
in coffers now
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