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Dalley says testing at UWI virology lab too slow

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 6:11 PM
Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley has called for the government to strengthen the virology lab at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Opposition spokesman on Health Horace Dalley has called for the government to strengthen the virology lab at the University of the West Indies (UWI) so that samples submitted to be tested for the Zika virus can be returned in a shorter time.

During a presentation in parliament Tuesday, the Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said of the 878 samples submitted for testing, Jamaica has only received results for 408.

But Dalley said this number is unacceptable especially since the number of confirmed Zika cases is rising in Jamaica.

He said the UWI virology lab should be equipped to return results in two days.


IN PHOTO: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton

 

Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley

However, Tufton said most of the outstanding Zika samples were not tested at the UWI virology lab but at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad under the PNP administration.

Tufton also said the lab in Jamaica is fully equipped and has been delivering cases in a reasonable time frame.

He also said  it currently takes five to six days to get results from the local virology lab.