The death of a nine year old girl reportedly from dengue fever has sparked concerns about a possible second dengue outbreak within a year.
Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr. Dayton Campbell is calling on Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton to update the nation immediately.
His call comes in the wake of the death of the child from dengue fever at the Falmouth Hospital.
Dr. Campbell says he has been reliably informed that the Paediatric Ward at the Cornwall Regional Hospital is full and overflowing with suspected cases of the fever.
According to him, its in the best interest of the nation, that the minister does not delay confirmation of the presence of another dengue outbreak, because it has already claimed one life.
Dr. Campbell says this new cluster of cases shows eleven confirmed incidents.
He states that parents, vulnerable groups and the nation at large need to know if there is an outbreak so they can take the necessary steps to save lives by responding appropriately to early symptoms.
Dr. Campbell notes that this cluster of dengue cases, could be the first sign of a second such outbreak of dengue in a year, and that brings into question the effectiveness of the ministry’s eradication programme .
Dr. Campbell is reminding members of the public that the symptoms of dengue are the same as that of the flu, and is urging Jamaicans to seek medical advice if they experience these symptoms.