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$1.5m to treat each Guillain Barre Syndrome case - Health Ministry

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 1:39 PM
Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the cost of treatment for each person is $1.5 million.

The health ministry says the cost of treating the Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), which has been linked to the Zika virus, is one of the biggest challenges associated with the condition.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the cost of treatment for each person is $1.5 million.

However, he says the health ministry provides the treatment for free to persons who cannot afford it.

De La Haye says once it is administered, most persons recover from the illness.

 

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye

GBS is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, resulting in weakness and tingling in the legs.

In severe cases GBS can cause paralysis.

De La Haye says there are currently nine suspected cases of GBS in Jamaica.

However, he says test results so far have only linked one of those cases to the Zika virus.

Meanwhile, De La Haye wants persons who do not cooperate with the health ministry in ridding their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites to be prosecuted.

He notes that there is a provision in the Public Health Act for action to be taken against these persons and that such measures have been used in the past.

 

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye