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NAJ wants more public education on ZIKV after government's warning to women

Published:Monday | January 18, 2016 | 5:08 PM
The NAJ president, Janet Farr, says it agrees with the position taken by the ministry.

The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) says more public education is required to match the government's warning to women to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to 12 months as the zika virus (ZIKV) comes closer to the island.

The NAJ president, Janet Farr, says it agrees with the position taken by the ministry. 

However, she says the ministry needs to do more to boost health education about the virus which is linked to birth defects. 

READ: Delay becoming pregnant – Health ministry cautions women as ZIKV gets closer to Jamaica


NAJ president, Janet Farr

ZIKV has been linked to the brain condition called microcephaly.

Microcephaly is an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy.

Babies who develop microcephaly in the womb may not live to full term, may be born prematurely, may be stillborn or may have life-long disability.

A number of cases have been reported in Brazil and this has triggered concerns.

Several Caribbean countries have recorded cases of ZIKV. 

Jamaican authorities say it's only a matter of time before the virus reaches Jamaica.