Health Minister Urges Persons to Seek Immediate Medical Attention at any Sign of Dengue

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Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is urging people not to await an officially confirmed diagnosis for dengue before consulting a doctor and getting treatment.

Dr. Tufton says according to current best practice, emphasis is placed on a clinical assessment to determine the administering of treatment for dengue.

The Health Minister was responding to a report in the print media today that five more children have died of dengue at the Bustamante Hospital for Children this month compared to 15 over the previous 22 months.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health Minister. He was speaking on Nationwide: This Morning.

Dr. Tufton says the epidemiologist has said it’s expected to be a few months more before cases of dengue begin to decline.



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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