Tufton announces $1m for each MP for ZIKV fight
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has announced that each of the 63 Members of Parliament is to get $1 million to support the ZIKV fight in their constituencies.
But he drew concerns from the MPs when he asked each of them to match the $1 million from the Health Ministry with a similar amount from their Constituency Development Fund.
Speaking in the House of Representatives, Tuesday afternoon, Tufton also reported that the number of confirmed Zika cases has increased from 16 to 21.
However, he reiterated that the number of cases "is just a small portion of what is actually the reality".
According to Tufton, Jamaica has adequate supplies of medication to treat the virus.
In the meantime, he told the Parliament that there have been no confirmed cases of microcephaly or Guillain-Barré syndrome – two negative outcomes of the mosquito-borne virus.
At the same time, Horace Dalley, the Opposition spokesman on Health has reiterated calls for the Government to make pregnant mothers the priority in the anti ZIKV programme.
He said with 40,000 pregnancies recorded each year, the Government had to ensure that the risk of expectant mothers is reduced.