Trinidad and Tobago

HEALTH MINISTRY: There is no flu outbreak

The ministry of health is doubling down on its insistence that there is no flu outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

In an official statement, the ministry is reasserting that suspected influenza cases for the last three years have been on the decline.

The ministry said there were 6,500 cases in 2016, but that dropped to just over 2,000 for this year, so far.

One hundred thousand doses of the influenza vaccine will be given to all hospitals and health centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The ministry says that process should be completed by Friday.

Lewis: “Need better business environment for real growth…”

The TTMA's Ryan Lewis says it's becoming more difficult to do and get business done in Trinidad and Tobago, and government needs to work towards creating a more enabling environment.

According to Ryan Lewis, increased taxes are hurting businesses, and this is combined with the reality that government's business-related processes and procedures are not as efficient as they should be.

The TTMA head is urging government to start doing what is required to create the enabling environment business needs to reignite the T&T economy.

PM ROWLEY: “Make do with available forex…”

Prime Minister Doctor Keith Rowley says business owners, as well as ordinary citizens, will simply have to do their best with what foreign exchange is available to them.

PM Rowley, who was speaking on I-95 this morning, says this country must work to sustain the availability of foreign exchange.

“We have to manage our consumption of foreign exchange,” the PM says, “because if we spend it out and we cannot earn it back, then that is a kind of bankruptcy, which makes us a pariah in the international community.”

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