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Opposition wants monitoring of pregnant women for Zika a priority

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 6:10 PM
Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley says anything other than making the monitoring of our pregnant women a priority, is insensitive and short sighted.

Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley is calling for the Health Ministry to make the monitoring of pregnant women a priority as a result of the threat of microcephaly from the Zika virus.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton has said more will be done to monitor pregnant women in phase two of the government's Zika plan.

However, his opposition counterpart says anything other than making the monitoring of our pregnant women a priority, is insensitive and short sighted.

He says Dr Tufton must immediately design a programme of monitoring all pregnancies.

He says the People's National Party has put forward a plan to deal with the crisis and has recommended how the funds pledged to fight Zika should be allocated. 

The opposition spokesman says the government must be responsible with the allocation of the funds and place the monitoring of pregnant women on the front burner.