Health minister demands zika information from doctor
Health Minister Horace Dalley has requested that a doctor who has claimed she has diagnosed several people in Jamaica with the Zika virus provide the health ministry with information on these patients by tomorrow.
Jamaica’s health ministry only confirmed the first case of the Zika virus last week and it says that case was not from local transmission.
Consultant Pediatrician and Consultant Pediatric and Congenital Cardiologist, Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips, has been claiming from as early as October last year that she has seen cases of the Zika virus.
Williams-Phillips said then that she had personally come down with ZIKV and that she had diagnosed at least 12 cases of the virus.
In a release yesterday the health minister said all doctors are obligated under the Public Health Act and Regulations to report any notifiable suspected case of an illness to the Ministry.
He says in the case of the Zika virus these notifications are to be made within 24 hours.
Dalley says in light of this obligation he is requesting that Williams-Phillips provide the Ministry with the information she claims she has regarding the Zika virus cases in the format prescribed by the Public Health Act.
He says she should include the names of those patients she may have seen in her private practice who she believes showed symptoms similar to those of the Zika virus.
He has invited Williams-Phillips to meet with him and provide any information she may have either this afternoon at 1 o’clock or at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning.