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Opposition urges establishment of triage to deal with chik-V outbreak

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 2:32 PM

The Opposition says the chikungunya (chik-V) epidemic has unleashed a national disaster on the health sector and the Government should implement a triage system, to ease the pressures on the sector.

In medical terms, a triage is the assignment of levels of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.

Yesterday, the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston begged parents with children suffering from non-urgent symptoms to use health centres.

However, Opposition spokesman on health Dr Ken Baugh says an increasing number of parents will descend on hospitals especially because of recent news that a child died while reportedly suffering from chick-V.


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