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Chikungunya outbreak bigger than Gov't letting on

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: "An ostrich with its head in the sand is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster."

That quote describes the chaotic state of affairs that characterise Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson and his functionaries, notably Dr Andrei Cooke, acting chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority. Both are probably two of the worst-performing leaders in the Government.

Both gentlemen sit with their heads in the sand while Jamaica courts disaster. Here we have in Jamaica a very obvious outbreak of chikungunya, despite official ministry statistics stating that just 24 confirmed cases are out there. How laughable!

I live in Kingston 8 and on my road alone there are at least four cases of chikungunya. None of these persons, including two gardeners, were tested. They were simply ordered by the respective doctors to take some Panadol, drink lots of fluid, and go to bed. Both are at home in pain. I wish to point out, too, that a government minister lives just chains away from me.

In another case, one of my neighbours suffers from fever, serious joint pain and the whole nine yards, so much so that she is unable to get out of bed. She had the luxury of having a doctor visit her at home and he concluded, too, that she has chikungunya based on the symptoms. Again, no test.

The ministry needs to stop this ridiculous nonsense of there being 24 confirmed cases and get the people educated about chikungunya and begin a heavy fogging programme and whatever else is needed. The more they defend the indefensible, the stupider they look.

SIMONE REYNOLDS

simoreynolds@hotmail.com

Kingston 8