‘No case of mi­cro­cephaly’

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH -

HEALTH MIN­IS­TER Dr Christo­pher Tufton said he has not re­ceived any report of ba­bies be­ing born in Ja­maica with mi­cro­cephaly, as a re­sult of the Zika virus (ZIKV).

The min­is­ter said they have on record more than 500 preg­nant women who have con­tracted ZIKV, but he is yet to be no­ti­fied that any of those cases have re­sulted in a case of mi­cro­cephaly.

Tufton said the min­istry re­mains very trans­par­ent about the pos­si­bil­ity of ba­bies be­ing born with the dis­ease, not­ing that if and when any report is con­firmed, de­tails will be made avail­able to the pub­lic.

He added that the Gov­ern­ment has taken a proac­tive po­si­tion on the mat­ter and has es­tab­lished a fund to ad­dress the pos­si­bil­ity of ba­bies be­ing born with mi­cro­cephaly.

“We have put in place $50 mil­lion to pro­vide sup­port, such as early stim­u­la­tion and psy­choso­cial coun­selling for the moth­ers. We have also pro­vided train­ing in the re­spec­tive parishes in cer­tain of the health fa­cil­i­ties to deal with those cases, once they oc­cur,” the min­is­ter said.

MI­CRO­CEPHALY FACTS

I I Mi­cro­cephaly is a con­di­tion in which an in­fant’s head is smaller than the heads of other chil­dren of the same age or sex. Mi­cro­cephaly usu­ally is the re­sult of the brain de­vel­op­ing ab­nor­mally in the womb or not grow­ing as I it should af­ter birth. Mi­cro­cephaly can be di­ag­nosed dur­ing preg­nancy I or af­ter the baby is born. Dur­ing preg­nancy, mi­cro­cephaly can

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