THERE have been 17 malaria cases thus far in Trinidad and Tobago in 2019 and 13 are Venezuelans. One case is a Trinbagonian, one is from Uganda, one from Ghana and one from Guyana.

This was disclosed by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh as he responded to a question from Oropouche West MP Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh on whether there was truth to social media reports that many Venezuelan nationals seeking medical attention at Port of Spain and San Fernando general hospitals have malaria and are HIV-positive.

Deyalsingh said malaria continued to be a source of concern.

On the issue of HIV, Deyalsingh said this country had signed on to the UN policy of “test all, treat all” and all people in Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of their status–citizen, CSME or migrant–would be tested and treated for HIV at public institutions.