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Government activates national influenza plan

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 2:27 PM
Health Minister Horace Dalley says the ministry's team has been instructed to ensure that the necessary resources are put in place across all the regional health authorities.

Health Minister Horace Dalley has ordered the activation of the national influenza plan, days after Jamaica recorded a death linked to the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus or Swine Flu.

The health ministry says nine cases of the flu have been recorded in the past two weeks. 

A tenth influenza case is being linked to another strain of influenza. 

The health ministry says measures are being put in place through the National Emergency Operations Centre to prepare the health sector for any possible increase in the number of influenza cases.

The health minister says the ministry's team has been instructed to ensure that the necessary resources are put in place across all the regional health authorities.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye says the ministry has noted an increase in influenza cases over the past six weeks.

As a result doctors have been advised to report suspicious cases of influenza within 24 hours.

Yesterday, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the health ministry had been facing difficulties in sourcing Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to treat the Swine Flu. 

However, he says the government is now being assisted by the Pan American Health Organization. 

The Jamaica Labour Party has argued that there was a shortage of the drug because the government failed to replenish its stock.