51 Dengue Related Deaths Since January 2018


Jamaica has had a dengue outbreak for almost a year with some 51 confirmed dengue related deaths since last January.

Health officials also say the crisis is being felt across the health sector with the increase in dengue cases.

According to statistics from the Health Ministry, suspected dengue cases this year have more than tripled in comparison to last year.

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, says between January 2018 and last month, there’ve been some 51 dengue related deaths.

More than 7,000 people have presented at the nation’s health facilities with suspected dengue, during the same period.

In 2018, over a thousand cases were recorded.

So far this year, there’ve been nearly 5,800 cases.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says the island has been in outbreak mode since the start of this year.

The Chief Medical Officer says there was a dip in dengue cases in May, but the numbers went back up the following month and have continued to rise.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says the country is experiencing a crisis.

The crisis is being felt in the nation’s medical facilities as overcrowding continues.

This has led the Health Ministry to make more interventions including the arrangement for children 12 years and under to receive medical care at the University hospital of the West Indies.

Tauna Thomas for Nationwide News.

In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.

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