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Baby-making Zika alarm ridiculous

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I've just finished reading Gordon Robinson's article ('Stupidity is worse than a mosquito bite', Sunday Gleaner, January 24, 2015), and I couldn't agree more with his views on the matter of the Zika virus.

The Ministry of Health must indeed be at the end of its wits and resources to be seriously suggesting that couples refrain from reproducing for the next year or so. What utter rubbish! We live in the 21st century. We have so much technology and information at our disposal, yet we resort to outdated and antiquated methods that border on the asinine in order to solve problems.

What guarantee do we have from the ministry that in a year's time, it will be safe to have babies once again? My understanding is that the Zika virus will be here to stay. It will become part of our landscape from here onwards. They must take us for fools.

Eradication programmes should be in high gear at this time, not telling people not to have children. That is attacking the problem from the wrong end! Hello! Anyone home?

I'd like to thank Mr Robinson for his insight. Let's hope more people find it as thought-provoking as I do.

KARL TAIT

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