Chaguanas West MP Dinesh Rambally (right) and Santa Claus distribute toys to children at the La Paille Village Community Centre in Caroni, on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Chaguanas West MP Dinesh Rambally is urging citizens to be vigilant in light of the rising crime situation in Central Trinidad.

The MP was speaking with Guardian Media on Sunday while he distributed toys and snacks to some 6,000 children in his constituency.

Rambally said the last few weeks has seen a rise in home invasions in Felicity and environs, with the larceny of vehicles and robbery also high on the list.

“Only last week Wednesday (December 16th), armed gunmen attempted to enter my office at Munroe Road and rob me and my staff,” MP Rambally recalls.

He notes that on December 18th, also at Munroe Road, armed men tried to rob a man of his Hilux.

“We cannot cower in fear at criminal elements, we have to keep our guard up and be alert,” he said.

Rambally said the Commissioner of Police was doing the best he could with the limited resources at his disposal.

“The government has to get a handle on it, the CoP is doing his best, but a holistic approach is needed to bring down the crime wave,” he said.

With regard to Government’s plans to make the COVID-19 vaccine available, Rambally said he was pleased to hear from Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh that T&T would be looking towards China as a source. 

“I understand plans are for the inoculation of one-third of the population with the vaccines from Covax,” he said.  “However, Government should pick up the pace and purchase additional vaccines to ensure at least two-thirds of the population is vaccinated.”

He explained further: “This figure would create what is called Herd Immunity, which occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected, not just those who are immune.”

MP Rambally said funding for the additional vaccines could come from the  Heritage and Stabilization Fund.