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Opposition health spokesman questions number of Chikungunya cases

Published:Sunday | September 7, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Ken Baugh says the number of chikungunya cases being quoted by the Ministry of Health is not credible.

The health ministry on Friday evening said the number of cases now stands at 24.

But Dr Baugh is asserting that many more people are being afflicted by the mosquito-borne disease and it is not being recorded. He charged that these low numbers could lull people into false sense of security.

Further, Baugh says he is concerned that the relevant authorities, including the national Solid Waste Management Authority and the Ministry of Health, are not taking the growing outbreak of Chikungunya seriously.

He says even with health practitioners warning of the impending increase in the rates of infection, there is still a garbage problem in many communities and many areas where mosquitoes can find fertile breeding grounds.

Baugh says the Minister of Local Government and the Minister of Health need to ramp up their vector control efforts, as well as their public education efforts to encourage people who suspect they have Chikungunya to report it.

He also urges citizens to play their part in keeping their communities clean.


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