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JLP youth group seeking answers from Health Minister

Published:Tuesday | February 24, 2015 | 1:28 PM

The youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party (Young Jamaica) says it's concerned about the reports of violence at public health facilities.

In a statement, general secretary of the group, Rohan Walsh, says the reports of violence are occurring despite assurances by the Health Ministry that security measures will be intensified at health institutions.

In the latest incident, a doctor at the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine was attacked last Tuesday, forcing the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association to warn that it intends to sue perpetrators.

Meanwhile, the JLP youth group says the Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, needs to respond to the reports of deaths associated with Chikungunya.

Reports from doctors and the public suggest that as many as 20 deaths have been linked to the virus.

Following queries from The Gleaner, the health ministry said it would send an update on chik-V in Jamaica as soon as possible. 

Meanwhile, a February 20 update from the Pan American Health Organisation on the number of reported cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean and the Americas lists Jamaica as having no chik-V deaths.