Sun | Dec 11, 2016

Don't diss docs, Minister Ferguson

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:  Dr Fenton Ferguson is quoted on The Gleaner's website Wednesday as saying that doctors should ensure that they rule out conditions such as dengue, influenza and leptospirosis before diagnosing patients with chikungunya. How dare the minister insult the many hard-working doctors of Jamaica!

The minister, by now, should be told point blank that he has made a complete and utter mess in managing the chikungunya outbreak that has come down like a plague on the people of Jamaica. The minister should not be out there rudely insulting our doctors' professionalism as a means of masking his mismanagement of the health portfolio.

What would have happened if Jamaica had an outbreak of Ebola? Many of us would be dead and the minister would probably be calling on doctors to rule out conditions such as dengue, influenza and leptospirosis before diagnosing patients with Ebola. Madness!

The more the minister treads on this path of hiding from reality, the more chikungunya will spread unabated. The minister now needs to accept that he and his ministry blundered and must come clean to the people of Jamaica.

Start putting in place preventative measures and other activities aimed at urgently curbing the spread of chikungunya, Mr Minister.

CAROLINE MCKENZIE

ctmmckenzie@hotmail.com

St Jago Heights, St Catherine