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Jamaica has adequate supplies to treat ZIKV – Health Ministry

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 11:50 AM

The Ministry of Health is reporting that the country has adequate medical supplies to treat Zika virus (ZIKV) infections.

Director of Health Promotion and Protection, Dr Sonia Copeland, has indicated that the Ministry has stockpiled over two million Paracetamol tablets and 2,000 bottles of liquid medicine.

Additionally, Copeland says there is an adequate supply of immunoglobulin to treat Guillian-Barré syndrome, a condition linked to Zika, which affects the nervous system. 

The condition often results in muscle weakness and, in some instances, paralysis.

Copeland says new ventilators are also being procured to treat Zika-related complications at public hospitals islandwide, adding that malfunctioning instruments will be repaired.

She further says an Integrated Vector Management Plan has also been developed.

Copeland was speaking at a Gender and Zika Public Forum this week.

To date, Jamaica has recorded six cases of the Zika virus.