St. Lucia has recorded its first case of the H1N1 virus or swine flu. The Department of Health and Wellness confirmed it was the cause of one of several recent deaths. This has prompted Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to appeal to the public not to take flu like symptoms lightly but to seek medical assistance immediately. The Prime Minister has also been commenting on the move by Trinidad and Tobago to impose stiffer penalties on firearm offenses and the likely impact of the Brexit on St. Lucia.
The Department of Health and Wellness has confirmed H1N1 Influenza, as the cause of a recent deat. The confirmation came, from the Laboratory at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago. The H1N1 influenza has also been confirmed in other persons who recovered completely with treatment. Respiratory viruses such as H1N1 are spread mainly by respiratory droplets when infected persons cough or sneeze. Covering one’s cough is one way of minimizing the spread of the Flu virus. The virus can also survive on contaminated surfaces for up to twenty-four (24) hours, so frequent hand washing is advised for everyone, as it can also protect persons from contracting the disease. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has called on the public not to take flu like symptoms for lightly. He is urging the public to seek medical help immediately because failure to do so can be deadly
Speaking on crime the Prime Minister has supported the move by Trinidad and Tobago to impose greater penalties on persons caught with illegal firearms. He says St. Lucia should follow suit.
He also spoke on the Brexit situation. The UK and the EU have agreed to further delay the Brexit until October 31, 2019. The UK opted to withdraw its membership from the European Union via a June 23, 2016 referendum. This could have serious implications for trade. Some are predicting that the UK economy will shrink. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he is uncertain as to what impact this will have on St. Lucia.
Prime Minister Chastanet says there are advantages and disadvantages and that St. Lucia has to position itself strategically to take advantage of whatever opportunities exist