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Give us whole truth on chik-V

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I have a few questions for the health minister. First, why was the full scope of the chikungunya-dengue outbreak kept from citizens for such a long time? Despite the Government saying for weeks that the number of reported cases of chik-V was 31 and as Jamaicans we had nothing to worry about if we invested in bug spray, we learned last week that chik-V has the potential to infect 60 per cent of the population.

Second, what is the real situation regarding the medication available to persons suffering from either disease? Citizens have heard the rumours that there is a shortage of Panadol in the country. What is the official report on this?

As citizens, we keep being told to keep ourselves protected from mosquitoes, but is the Government just leaving us to fend for ourselves? Why was the first meeting held about the pending health crisis on September 25, weeks after chik-V and dengue have been running rampant in our country, cutting productivity significantly and leaving so many of our citizens incapacitated for days?


UWI, Mona