“A Slip of the Tongue”


The embattled Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is under more pressure this afternoon over his comment in Parliament yesterday that the majority of babies who’ve died in the bacteria outbreaks are not to be considered babies in the real sense.

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Dr. Ferguson came under sustained fire in the House yesterday following his comment.

Since then he’s under attack on social media and radio talk shows for his comment.

He’s accused of being wicked, heartless and insensitive as users of traditional and non-traditional media vent their anger.

Today at the Jamaica House media briefing, Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, said Dr. Ferguson asked her to clarify the comment on his behalf.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.