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Health minister above question?

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Not much has been said about it to date, but I am really troubled by Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson's pointed words to Nationwide Radio's Abka Fitz-Henley at the Jamaica House media briefing last week. Mr Fitz-Henley told the minister that there are some who are still genuinely disenchanted with his handling of the chik-V crisis.

Fitz-Henley also reminded the minister that the chik-V matter, combined with the current and topical complaints of unsanitary conditions and grave supply shortage, had led persons to question his performance and place in the Cabinet. Asked for a response to those criticisms, the health minister did not do so immediately. He chose to tell Fitz-Henley that he, Dr Ferguson, had taken note that it was the second time the journalist has brought up the issue of his performance. Minister Ferguson would later add that he was not surprised at the question and told the journalist that he has "documented it". Was Dr Ferguson issuing a veiled threat to the journalist? Is it now a crime to question the performance of a minister? Minister Ferguson, your comments were unfortunate and you should clarify what you mean by them.

Davina McIntyre

Kingston 6