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Stop blaming chik-V bogeyman for deaths

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am very concerned about the impression being given to people about chik-V. I think the discourse, especially the politicising of the matter, has caused more harm than good.

Jamaicans have, for the most part, never been interested in a healthy lifestyle, evidenced by the high incidence of non-communicable diseases and obesity among the population.

Now, even the so-called educated are putting forward that chik-V is the reason for many of the deaths and illnesses associated with non-communicable diseases. This is a scary position. We cannot lead people to believe that when a person dies of kidney failure and had chik-V, the chik-V did it.

What chik-V does - just like many other viruses - is reduce the body's immune response, and so long-standing illnesses will either be exposed or made worse. However, the real problem would have started long before chik-V. It is important that Jamaicans understand this, so that instead of focusing on chik-V, they focus on keeping healthy.

I hope that politicians will stop harming the Jamaican people with their irresponsible utterances and for once help, and not hinder, the progress towards a healthy Jamaica.

AMANDA JOHNSON

Amandajayjon@gmail.com