Health minister wants partnership for chik-V research
Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is inviting the academic community to partner with the Government to undertake research on the chikungunya (chik-V) virus.
Ferguson noted that more research is required to effectively deal with the outbreak.
He notes that what many persons have been reporting as being symptoms of the illness are, in some instances, dissimilar to data contained in material compiled on the virus.
Addressing the fifth staging of the National Health Research Conference on November 27 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, Ferguson said there are gaps in data in a number of areas, for which research can assist us to create solutions that can benefit a number of our citizens.
He has invited academics to partner with the National Health Fund (NHF), to do the scholarly work necessary.
In the meantime, the minister noted he has requested that the NHF focus more resources on research and health promotion initiatives, noting that the Fund has already spent $50 million this fiscal year on supporting research projects, and will increase its focus on this area.
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