Published On: Mon, Feb 1st, 2016

Minister of Public Health about Zika: “We should not exaggerate”

VictorinaWILLEMSTAD - Minister of Public Health Siegfried Victorina is willing to work with the opposition to fight against the Zika problem. The Minister made this statement following letters from the Independent MP, Omayra Leeflang and the member of the opposition party MAN, Giselle McWilliam.

In the letters the authors talk about the accumulation of garbage in various neighborhoods on the island. The two opposition members further examine the appeal of the Brazilian government for the women not to get pregnant because of the possible link between Zika and the brain disorder called microcephaly. Currently, research is being conducted to determine whether there is indeed a causal relationship. McWilliam, however, said that the government should not wait for the results and immediately take action.

“People who are dealing with mother and child health care must be well informed and inform patients. Zika is a pandemic to be and we have to handle it well,” said Victorina.

The Health Minister, however, says that “we should not exaggerate”. “In the Netherlands there are twelve people infected. Here we talk about two. We know the mosquito. We know when the period in which it occurs frequently. It is nothing new and we have to minimize the risk as much as possible. “The concerns are understandable, but we must not exaggerate,” said the Minister.

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