09 Sep Opposition rejects J$1Billion Guesstimate from Health Minister Tufton as inadequate
Opposition rejects J$1Billion Guesstimate from Health Minister Tufton as inadequate
Based on the recent announcement of allegedly J$1 Billion spent on the fight against Zika in Jamaica, the Opposition Spokesman Horace Dalley is demanding a full and complete breakdown of these expenses from the Minister of Health, as this amount has clearly not manifested throughout the length and breath of Jamaica.
Spokesman on Health Dalley is saying that the management of the health of the country has been seemingly reduced to a guessing game. He asked, “How can the country be facing an epidemic and the Minister is only able to hazard a guess as to the allocated funding to manage this crisis?” “This speaks to gross incompetence in the management of the crisis as the Minister has failed to clearly outline the funding for this epidemic,” says Horace Dalley.
The opposition is maintaining that if there has been additional spending for personnel and hospital hours in relation to Zika, the Minister should then be able to tell the country definitively how much was spent and not hazard a guess, as he is now doing.
Dalley, the former Minister of Health and now Opposition Spokesperson is calling on Minister Tufton to state clearly to the nation, the following:
1. Total funds have been spent on GBS
2. The total cost spent on machines to do testing for the Zika at the Virology Lab at UHWI
3. The total amount spent on fogging efforts across the country
4. The total expenditure in the cleanup campaign across the country
5. Full expenditure in the management of pregnant women with Zika and the plan for the eventuality of Microcephaly Babies
6. Complete expenditure at the Regional Health Authorities levels
7. Total expenditure by Parish Councils in the fight against Zika
The Opposition strongly maintains there has been little manifestation of the alleged J$1 Billion spent in the fight against Zika at all levels, as the recent surge in the number of Zika cases has continued unabated. This is also now coupled with the recent deaths due to GBS, which continue to be of concern to us and the nation.
“We believe that Minister Tufton needs to understand that the Ministry of Health must be more scientific than relying on the need to hazard a guess and so he is to share these details with the nation, so that they will be satisfied with the facts,” said Dalley in closing.