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JAMAICA | Death of 9-year old sparks another possible Dengue Outbreak

Featured The Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Dayton Campbell, M.P.,(Left) and the Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, M.P. (right) The Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Dayton Campbell, M.P.,(Left) and the Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, M.P. (right)
Kingston, Jamaica, June 25, 2019: The People's National Party, PNP, Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Dayton Campbell, is calling on the Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, to immediately tell the nation if there is a another Dengue outbreak in Jamaica, which would be the second such outbreak to have occurred within the year.  

Dr Campbell’s call comes in the wake of the death of a nine-year-old child from Dengue Fever at the Falmouth Hospital.

The Shadow Minister said he has been reliably informed that the Pediatric Ward at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) is full and overflowing with suspected cases of the fever.  He said, “It is in the best interest of the nation that the Minister does not delay confirmation of the presence of another Dengue outbreak to the nation because it has already claimed one life.”

Dr Campbell is urging Minister Tufton to immediately update the nation as to the status of dengue, as this new cluster of cases shows eleven confirmed incidents. “Parents, vulnerable groups and the nation at large need to know if there is an outbreak so they can take the necessary steps to save lives by responding appropriately to early symptoms,” he said.

This cluster of Dengue cases, Dr Campbell noted, could be the first sign of a second such outbreak of dengue in a year, and that brings into question the effectiveness of the eradication programme of the Ministry. He said, “While we know that the host mosquito is the domestic Aedes Egypti, and that people have a role to play in its eradication if the Ministry had a sustained eradication and education programme it would go a far way in stemming the frequency of these outbreaks.

In light of the drought facing the nation, the Shadow Minister is urging Jamaicans to store their water in a safe way, ensuring storage containers are covered and that a teaspoon of bleach be add to large storages of water.

 Dr Campbell is reminding Jamaicans to: 

  • Remove breeding sites around houses, churches, schools and places of work;
  • Use repellants, especially on children and the vulnerable;
  • Wear clothes that protect the extremities.

“I am reminding people that the symptoms of dengue are the same as that of the flu, and I am urging Jamaicans to seek medical advice if they experience these symptoms.

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  • Countries: Jamaica
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