For every 500 women who’ve become pregnant while infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, there’s a chance 50 could have babies born with microcephaly!
That’s according to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye. The Zika virus was first detected in Jamaica in late January this year.
And, Dr. De La Haye says, to date, the Health Ministry has not diagnosed any new born with microcephaly. The birth defect causes babies to born with abnormally small heads. But he says the Ministry is expecting some cases in the next two to three months.
The Chief Medical Officer says there’s a 2 to 10-percent chance that every pregnant woman with Zika will have a baby with microcephaly.
He says the government will have to provide significant support for women whose babies are born with microcephaly.
He says some parents may have to be separated from their babies and put in government care. But adds this will only be done with the consent of the parents.
The government has already allocated 50-million dollars to support interventions for families and babies born with microcephaly.
The Chief Medical Officer was asked if that’s enough.
Dr. De La Haye was speaking this morning on Cliff Hughes On Line.
In the meantime, he says the government has established an expert group to examine how it should approach dealing with babies born with Zika.
He says Father Gregory Ramkissoon has been incorporated into the group.
The group met this morning.