Health Minister Defends Dengue Outbreak Declaration Timing


Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is still defending his decision regarding when he officially declared an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Dengue Haemorrhagic fever in the country.

Speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday Dr. Tufton says such a declaration has significant implications on the country.

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He made it clear that while the Ministry was concerned about the rising levels it had not met the threshold for an outbreak.

He says the government could not have breached international guidelines in prematurely declaring an outbreak.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton reiterated that the government ramped up its response to the rising cases of dengue as early as July 2018 before the threshold for an outbreak was met.

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The Health Minister says additional beds will also be provided to handle possible increase in demand.


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