Ministry delusional on chik-V outbreak
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It looks like the Ministry of Health is either terribly incompetent or in a deep state of denial.
Last week, I endured a bad rash, serious pain in my joints, swelling, and a fever, which lasted for several days. My doctor said that it must be chikungunya, but I wasn't tested. He ordered me to take Paracetamol, drink plenty of fluids, and so on. My doctor said he had seen about 26 roughly similar cases in the same week!
Now if one doctor in Portmore has seen 26 similar cases in one week, clearly something is wrong.
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson and officials like Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse and Dr Andrei Cooke dropped the ball big time. How the health ministry could mess up so badly in managing this outbreak is beyond me.
Even now, they are still engaged in a major exercise in futility nitpicking their very low confirmed case count while thousands of Jamaicans by now are out searching for Panadol and drinking water 'til it outta style.
It is time for the ministry to catch up to reality.