Blows for MP, Mayor in Zika fight

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San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein has gotten some credit for his hands-on leadership of the fight against transmission of the Zika virus.

But affected residents are asking when he is likely to take decisive action on environmental concerns.

San Fernando West Member of Parliament Faris Al Rawi is being branded an absentee representative as his constituency is hardest hit by the virus.

Gulf View, a residential community off San Fernando, has recorded four of the country’s 11 virus cases.

The district is part of the San Fernando Corporation and San Fernando West constituency.

Residents have commented that Hosein has visited the affected community with environmental experts.

But Al Rawi has not been seen in the area, despite a recent petition to him.

His office said they had not received the petition.

There have been regular insect vector spraying the community since the first Zika case was identified about a month ago.

But residents have criticised the authorities for not clearing clogged rains and other waterways and clearing overgrown real estate.

Activist Viliana Ramoutarsingh said: “Reactive quick fixes seem to be the order of the day.”

The continued absence of MP Al Rawi has been particularly galling.

Some residents recalled expressing concern during the general election campaign about the quality of representation to be expected from Al Rawi, who lives in north-west Trinidad.

Residents have reported the general absence of Al Rawi, who is also Attorney General.

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