Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson says concerns regarding the potential impact of prevalent Chikungunya on Jamaica’s tourism product, has not affected how his Ministry has reported the cases.
AND … Dr. Ferguson says there’s been a marginal increase in the number of Chikungunya cases in the country, since he updated parliament last week Tuesday.
He says to date, no deaths have been recorded on the island from Chik-V.
And, Minister Ferguson says an inter-ministerial meeting will be convened tomorrow to boost efforts to combat the spread of the mosquito bourne Chikungunya virus.
Speaking on Miss Kitty Live on Nationwide Radio today, Dr. Ferguson noted that the meeting will chart a path to tackling the virus.
There’s been growing concern that some health facilities have run out of the popular over the counter drug Panadol and related products to treat the symptoms of Chik V.
So too the mosquito repellent containing DEET.
But, Dr. Ferguson says there’s no shortage.
The Health Minister is appealing to pharmacies and wholesalers not to increase the price for Panadol.
Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, speaking this afternoon on Miss Kitty Live on Nationwide 90FM.