In a quest to join the campaign to fight the Zika virus, the Jamaica Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has announced that her government will inject an additional J$200 million (US$1.6 million) into the cause. She said that the battle which should involve all Jamaicans should not be take for a partisan engagement.
While Simpson Miller said this should not cause alarm, the Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica.
“It must instill greater urgency to do all we can to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. I am deeply concerned about this threat to public health. Every one of us has a duty to destroy mosquito breeding sites,” she said in a broadcast address on Tuesday night. “This is a moment for a national response with individual and collective action. This is an occasion when we must demonstrate the strength of true community spirit. We all have to pull together. There can be no political lines drawn where Zika is concerned. Let us remember that prevention is important for all of us.”
Simpson Miller said that the Ministry of Health has been working to ensure an effective response alongside the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and the Caribbean Public Health Agency.
“Additional financial and human resources have been provided to the Ministry of Health and other http://toplegalsteroidsforsale.com, so that they can be more effective in their actions . . . At the same time a major cleanup campaign will be undertaken by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing under the JEEP Programme, with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund,” she said. “I have also instructed the Minister of Health to increase preparations across the island and to engage all sectors in a local and national response.”
The prime minister also shared that the Ministry of Health is advising women to delay getting pregnant for the next six to 12 months give the associated health risks for pregnant women and their unborn children.
“Of course, ladies, this is your personal choice,” she quickly added.
She said that the National Family Planning Board has increased its public information and other interventions. This will assist Jamaicans with family planning options free of cost.