Sack Him!: Fenton Piles Pressure on Portia

Pressure is mounting this evening on Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to fire her embattled Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson over the Dead Babies Scandal gripping the country.

18 babies were killed in outbreaks of two bacteria in 3 months at two leading hospitals.

The University Hospital in St. Andrew and the Cornwall Regional in Montego Bay, St. James in western Jamaica.

The calls for the Prime Minister to sack Dr. Ferguson is coming from several quarters, including civil society groups, a new PNP lobby group and the Opposition.

And Nationwide News understands that there’s disquiet among several prominent PNP activists, including Parliamentarians, over what to do with the Health Minister, who’s also a Vice President of the governing party.

Well placed government sources tell Nationwide News that the Prime Minister is considering her options to cauterize the political fallout from the scandal.

The Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, piled on the pressure on Mrs Simpson-Miller this afternoon on the election campaign trail.

Mr. Holness says the Prime Minister must sack Dr. Ferguson.

Mr. Holness made the call this afternoon while he addressed JLP supporters during a tour in South East Clarendon.

Yesterday, the Health Ministry confirmed that 18-babies have died since June this year due to the Serratia and Klebsiella bacteria.

Minister Ferguson said he was unaware of the deaths before Friday last week – the same day Nationwide News disclosed the deadly infection outbreak.

Andrew Holness says the Prime Minister must recognize that her failure to fire Dr. Ferguson is costing Jamaica’s dearly.

He says Ferguson must go or be terminated.

Mr. Holness says it’s cause for major concern that Dr. Ferguson has claimed ignorance regarding the infection outbreak that has claimed the lives of 18-babies.

He says Prime Minister Simpson Miller must give account.

The Opposition Leader says news regarding the dead babies and several problems which have dogged Dr. Ferguson’s tenure have many Jamaicans uncomfortable.

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