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MINISTRY OF HEALTH STILL SUPPRESSING LINK BETWEEN GUILLIAN-BARRE SYNDROME AND ZIKA

MINISTRY OF HEALTH STILL SUPPRESSING LINK BETWEEN GUILLIAN-BARRE SYNDROME AND ZIKA

Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley says he not surprised by the number of confirmed cases of Guillian-Barre Syndrome that the latest statistics at the Ministry of Health have established to be present in Jamaica.

In his presentation to the Parliament on July 5, 2016, during the Sectoral Debate, Mr. Dalley told the House of Representatives that the rare disorder was likely to spiral to unforeseen numbers of the spread of the Zika Virus. At that time, he said, “health care practitioners were handling approximately fifty (50) cases of suspected Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Under normal circumstances, Jamaica would experience about eight (8) cases annually.

At that point, Mr. Dalley called upon the Minister of Heath to explain the reason for the sudden spike in the number of cases of the Guillian-Barre Syndrome, and what accounts for the unusual increase. Although it remains a clear case of a health emergency, the Ministry of Health continues to suppress the information and linkage between the increase in the GBS and Zika virus.

Today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that thirty (30) cases of the GBS in Jamaica but continues de-linking campaign from the Zika virus. It is however noted that over 740 notifications of pregnant mothers with Zika related symptoms have been monitored, with 77 confirmed cases.

This rare disorder affects the immune system, causes damage to the nervous cells, and weakens the muscles, which may result in paralysis.

Minister Tufton has been given yet another opportunity to give the country true picture as it related to the Guillian-Barre Syndrome and the Zika Virus.