Government calls for chikungunya cleanup day, 31 cases confirmed
The Government says Jamaica now has 31 confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus, with indications that it is spreading.
It says a national cleanup day is to be held to rid communities of breeding sites for the Aedes Aeqypti mosquito which spreads the virus.
In a statement to Parliament this afternoon, Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, disclosed that St Mary and Portland are the latest parishes to record confirmed cases of the virus.
While 31 cases have been laboratory confirmed, Ferguson says 194 have been labelled as suspected cases.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has sought to defend the Government’s response, saying the Health Ministry has been open with the public on the virus.
He says since June, health officials have carried out various vector control activities including the spraying of 977 communities and inspection of about 50,000 premises.
However, Ferguson stresses that Jamaicans have an individual responsibility to help fight the spread of the virus.
He adds that all Jamaicans must join to support the national cleanup day.
Ferguson says a meeting will soon be called with stakeholders including the Opposition, private sector, youth groups and other government agencies to plan the cleanup day.
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