Enough medication for dengue fight - Tufton

February 13, 2019
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton.
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, says there is an adequate supply of medication to treat the dengue outbreak.

"There is no shortage of medication in the public or the private health system," he said, adding that paracetamol is available to both public and private distributors.

Dr Tufton noted that the stock level of certain drugs continues to be monitored, including paracetamol tablets, paracetamol syrup, oral rehydration products and intravenous fluids.

Providing an update to Parliament on the dengue outbreak affecting the island, Dr Tuftonr said more than $600 million has been allocated in response to the outbreak.

A part of our community engagement has been the involvement of members of the House and the Municipal Corporations, of which Cabinet has approved $55.7 million to Members of Parliament and $100 million to the Corporations to undertake vector control activities," he noted.

DrTufton said for February, the Ministry will continue to work with regional and international collaborators to sustain the ramped up vector control management, public education and clinical management.

"We urge Jamaicans to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites around their homes; visit their doctors if they experience symptoms and follow the prescribed course of treatment," he advised.

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