Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says recent outbreaks of dengue fever and the H1 N1 strain of the flu have put an added burden on the health sector.

Dr. Tufton says the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the only one of its kind in the country, and accident and emergency rooms have been most affected.

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Meanwhile, Minister Tufton says that suspected cases of dengue fever should come closer to normal levels by March. He says reported cases of the mosquito-borne disease are up when compared to the same period last year.

Dr. Tufton credits the increase on more people reporting symptoms since the declaration of the outbreak when compared to last year. But the Health Minister says it’s time to expand the dialogue on the punishment people who harbour mosquito breeding sites should face.

Dr. Tufton acknowledges that punishments are in law but they are not always enforced.

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Dr. Tufton was speaking today on Cliff Hughes On Line with Mark Wignal.

Dengue fever is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.