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Chikungunya: MAJ urges Jamaicans to help control spread

Published:Thursday | September 11, 2014 | 9:47 AM

President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Dr Shane Alexis, says all Jamaicans need to play their part to help control the spread of Chikungunya.

Alexis says while there have been concerns about the number of cases of the virus on the island, it is important that persons follow the instructions issued by the Ministry of Health.

He says the MAJ believes that the health ministry is adequately managing the Chikungunya virus according to international standards.

According to Alexis, what’s important is for Jamaicans to be provided with adequate information on how to protect themselves from catching the virus.

Alexis is urging persons who believe that they may have Chikungunya to visit their doctors and seek treatment.

He says persons should not stay home and self-medicate.

He also says medical practitioners must report all persons who they treat for Chikungunya.

The MAJ president says it is important for health authorities to have a true picture of what’s happening on the ground so that adequate resources can be allocated to combat the virus.

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