Dengue Death Toll Climbs To 135, Health Ministry Says


There have been 135 suspected or confirmed deaths from dengue fever in Jamaica since January last year.

Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, made the disclosure in a statement to the House of Representatives this afternoon.

Dr. Tufton says the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, has characterized the dengue threat as a regional problem with links to global warming.

The Health Minister says his Ministry has taken a multi-dimensional approach to the dengue outbreak.

In the meantime, newly appointed Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Morais Guy, is urging the Ministry to do more in its response to the dengue outbreak.

Dr. Guy says enough vector control measures are not being carried out in some parishes including St. Thomas.

Dr. Guy says there’s room for the Health Ministry to improve its response to the dengue outbreak.

Dr. Morais Guy, Opposition Spokesman on Health addressing the House of Representatives this afternoon.

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.

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