The Ministry of Health has been met with harsh criticism for failing to inform the public about the H1N1 influenza in public after TV broadcaster Alan Magnus announced yesterday that his late wife Karlene & # 39; Kerry & # 39; Douglas died last Friday of complications associated with the virus.
"I've heard that several people died from it. [For] Kerry's death, the newspaper we received from the hospital, stated that she died of it, "Magnus said, speaking about RJR 94 FM.
Yesterday Nicole Nicole Dowkins-Wright, Deputy Director Emergency, Disaster Management and Civil Protection Special Services at the Department of Health confirmed that three Jamaicans have died as a result of the H1
She also said The Gleaner that the H1N1 virus present on the island is not the swine flu strain.
Dawkins-Wright admitted that although the symptoms varied Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness
"H1N1 is orbited every year since 2009 in Jamaica The H1N1 virus and swine flu make up the species that distinguishes them. Dawkins-Wright.
The opposition spokesman for health Dr. Dayton Campbell dragged the government over the coals because of the way they handled the situation. "SAME SYMPTOMS
" H1N1 influenza was still going on [as swine flu] All still have the same symptoms, the same presentation, the same potential complications and all these things … The fact is, the Ministry needs to inform the public about the flu virus, it's here, "Campbell said Doctor, yesterday The Gleaner .
Although Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton issued a warning in the House of Representatives last month, because the number of people has risen significantly, cases of fever and respiratory disease affecting the whole island Campbell said that, given the recent revelations, this was insufficient.
"The Council was again there We are in season, in which [and] persons should take care to be treated. There was never anything from the ministry that exists in the country. It's like a warning that a hurricane is on the way and we have a hurricane clock. [It] does not mean that there is a hurricane in the country. It does not mean that you said it was a warning, an indication that this thing is in the region, "said Campbell.
He said the public needs to be provided with the information to take the necessary precautions
".. They should have told the public that [it] is here and people died. Swine flu, H1N1 – all – are treated with the same flu vaccine, so I do not know what differentiation they are trying to make. I do not follow, "Campbell said.
Last night, the Department of Health said that this virus has great potential to trigger epidemics and pandemics, and urged citizens to restrict their use by adhering to stringent hygiene standards, immunization of high-risk individuals and seeking medical help if ill, so that treatment can begin at the earliest.
Although the majority of cases are mild, the release said all influenza viruses can cause serious illnesses.