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PM asks nation not to politicise ZIKV issue

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 11:05 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said this is an occasion when all Jamaicans must demonstrate the strength of true community spirit and pull together to fight the ZIKV threat.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says issues associated with the Zika virus (ZIKV) must not be politicised.

She made the call as she addressed the country in a national broadcast last night on Jamaica's state of preparedness for a possible ZIKV outbreak.

Simpson Miller said this is an occasion when all Jamaicans must demonstrate the strength of true community spirit and pull together to fight the threat.

 

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller

The Prime minister said $200 million will be spent through the Ministry of Health to deal with the Zika virus threat while the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will undertake a major cleanup campaign.

Simpson Miller also assured Jamaicans that public health facilities will be equipped with adequate pharmaceuticals that will be available free of cost in the event of a ZIKV outbreak.

She again appealed to women to delay getting pregnant for the next six-12 months to minimise the impact of a possible ZIKV outbreak.

However, she noted that this was entirely their choice.