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Take your nose out of the textbook, Dr Ferguson

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is talking about best practices for St Thomas on the news. At this stage, this is unacceptable. He is also talking about public experts guided by principles.

Come on, Mr Minister, what are we really about in this country? We do not need textbook responses to what is clearly a crisis and fast becoming what is a state of emergency. Likening this situation to what happened with dengue is also inappropriate.

The question is, do you and your colleagues care enough about Jamaicans, especially the poor people who are most seemingly affected by this current situation, to do all that it takes to rid this country of these mosquitoes? We can do this if it is attacked by a holistic strategy.

Spraying is not nearly enough. Why have we not sought the funds to attack this situation head-on? We must, once and for all, begin showing that we really care. The vulnerable, the weak, the young, the old, and the disabled are especially depending on us. Mr Minister, is there not a cause?


Kingston 8