President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) Dr Elon Thompson, says the Health Ministry could’ve alerted the nation sooner that it was on the cusp of a dengue fever outbreak.

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He says it’s yet to be determined if the Ministry’s response is sufficient to remedy the current outbreak of the vector-borne disease.

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Meanwhile, President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Carmen Johnson, says there are concerns about the timely delivery of tests to confirm if a patient is actually suffering from the dengue fever virus.

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The NAJ president also says a shortage of nurses is also affecting the health sector’s response to the outbreak.

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Both were guests on last evening’s edition of Nationwide @ 5.

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