President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ, William Mahfood, says the economic contraction in the July to October quarter last year was partially due to the effects of the Chikungunya virus on the nation.

Mr. Mahfood was speaking at the launch of the Medical Association of Jamaica’s Jubilee Celebrations in Kingston this morning.

He said 13 million man hours were lost as a result of the chik-v outbreak, causing economic losses of 6 billion dollars.

Mr. Mahfood said the Chik-V virus exposed the vulnerability of the Jamaican economy to the impact of diseases.

He said a considerable part of the reason the country was unable to adequately deal with the Chik-V virus was due to inadequate funding of the health sector.

William Mahfood, President of the PSOJ, speaking in Kingston this morning.