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Health Ministry yet to confirm GBS-related death at KPH

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 9:47 AM
De La Haye ... making checks with the head of the KPH to confirm the matter.

The Health Ministry is yet to confirm an alleged death related to the Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS) at the Kingston Public Hospital.

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

It has been linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus now in Jamaica.

The alleged GBS death was announced yesterday in a release by Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley.

Dalley expressed condolences to the family of the reported victim and voiced concern for the lives of other Jamaicans.


IN PHOTO: Horace Dalley

But when contacted Chief medical officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said he was unaware of a GBS-related death at the KPH.

However, De La Haye said he was making checks with the head of the KPH to confirm the matter.

Jamaica has confirmed some 30 cases of GBS so far.

The health ministry has allocated some $100 million to treat the illness in Jamaica.