Featured Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller flanked by Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse (right) and Information Minister Senator Sandria Falconer
KINGSTON, Jamaica October 3, 2014- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller this week convened a special meeting at Jamaica House to review the threat of the Ebola virus and assess the government’s response to the outbreak of the Chikungunya virus. The Ministry of Health has heightened surveillance at all ports of entry and health facilities. This includes assigning additional staff to screen and assess passengers who have travelled to countries affected by the Ebola virus. The Ministry is to distribute health warning messages at all ports of entry. In addition, a special treatment centre has been established and all hospitals have identified isolation rooms. A first round of training for senior health workers has been conducted and they will continue the training of other health care workers. The meeting was also updated on the CHIK V outbreak. As part of the national response, additional funds have been earmarked to accelerate the clean-up efforts across the island. The Ministry of Health has reported that there is an adequate supply of paracetamol at all public health facilities to meet the needs of those affected by CHIKV. It was noted that the country is experiencing cases of Dengue and Influenza which is normal at this time of the year and also bear similar symptoms to the CHIKV such as high fever, joint or muscle pain and fatigue. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertensionwho are at risk for more severe symptoms are encouraged to take extra care in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. Special care must be taken to protect newborns and children. The government wishes to make it clear that Chikungunya is a mosquito borne virus and everyone is encouraged to assist in the effort by keeping their surroundings free of mosquito breeding sites.
Last modified onSaturday, 04 October 2014 08:47
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