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MAJ wants gov't to outline plans for Zika related Guillian-Barre Syndrome cases

Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) President Myrton Smith Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) President Myrton Smith
KINGSTON, Jamaica September 6, 2016 - The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), has added its voice to the mounting calls for the Minister of Health to outline plans to deal with cases of the neurological disease, Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS), which has been linked to the Zika virus.

MAJ President Dr. Myrton Smith says its members are concerned about the capacity of intensive care units to manage cases of GBS. 

According to Dr. Smith, there are not enough beds and nurses assigned to the units. Dr. Smith says the situation requires a prompt response.

The only two public hospitals in Jamaica with the required intensive care beds are the Kingston Public and the Cornwall Regional Hospitals whose beds are severely limited.

On Friday, the Health Ministry reported that the number of Guillian-Barre syndrome related deaths in Jamaica had increased to six. The pathology reports for two of the cases were Zika negative. The other results are still outstanding.

GBS is a neurological disorder in which the body's immune system attacks a part of the nervous system causing paralysis.

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