Increased funding to cramp dengue

Published: Saturday | November 3, 2012 Comments 0

THE GOVERNMENT is pumping more money in the fight to control the increase in the cases of dengue in Jamaica.

Figures up to October 20 indicate that 2,198 people have been infected with the virus since it began circulating in the past few months.

This is more than two-thirds the number of cases in 2010 when there was also an outbreak. There have been six deaths linked to the illness with one confirmed by autopsy.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson yesterday told The Gleaner that Cabinet has approved $111 million to strengthen the programme.

"We are going to be buying 14 units for all the parishes for vector and dengue control. They are going to be ramping up the fogging, they are going to be ramping up the programme in terms of getting rid of breeding sites, and we are going to be ramping up our public education programme which we have been doing jointly with the Ministry of Education," he said.

The ministry already spent some $26 million on dengue activities.

-N.H.

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