JMDA calls for grater prevention of Chick V

September 16, 2014 1:50 AM

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The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) says more needs to be done to prevent the possible spread of the Chikungunya Virus.

The Ministry of Health has so far confirmed only 24 cases of the disease, with 98-suspected cases.

The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) says Jamaica has seen an increase in the number of Chik-V cases since the disease was first reported in July this year.

It says although to date only 24 cases of Chik V have been confirmed, there have been numerous reports of patients with flu like symptoms and joint pain, similar to Chik V.

The association adds that dengue fever and influenza are also thought to be on the increase following rainfall over the last few weeks.

The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association states that this has caused some confusion among the population as to whether they have or are susceptible to contracting Chik V.

President of the JMDA Dr. Alfred Dawes says despite the Ministry of Health mounting a national response to the outbreak of Chikungunya involving testing, public education, vector control and setting up a command centre, more needs to be done.

The group also believes closer collaboration among the parish councils, Ministry of Health and Jamaicans from all walks of life in clearing drains and other breeding sites of the mosquito iseeded.

The JMDA says the public education campaign needs to be intensified as the community needs to identify those patients who are at risk and the warning signs of serious illness.

The JMDA says it accepts the challenges in testing all reported cases of Chikungunya.

Dr. Dawes is recommending that people who are experiencing any of the related symptoms of the virus, seek medical attention.

The association went on to point out that it is not the time to politicize this issue adding the health of the people is the priority for all stakeholders.


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