The Department of Health faces fierce criticism of not informing the public about the presence of H1N1 influenza in the country, following yesterday's revelation by television operator Alan Magnus, that his late wife, Carnegie Carey, Douglas died last Friday due to complications related to the virus.
"I have heard of a few people who die of it. [For] Death to Kerry, the paper we got from the hospital, said she died of it, "Magnus said as he spoke to RJR 94 FM.
Yesterday Nicholas Dawkins-Wright, acting director of emergency, disaster management Special services at the Ministry of Health confirmed that three Jamaican people died as a result of the H1
She also said that the H1N1 virus present on the island was not swine flu
Dawkins-Wright admitted that while the characteristics of the strains were different, the symptoms were the same. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or stuffy nose, pain in the body, headache, chills and fatigue.
"H1N1 has been circulating each year in Jamaica since 2009. The H1N1 virus and swine flu are the ones that make them different, "says Dawkins-Wright.
The health spokesman, Dr. Deightne Campbell, is pulling the government over the coals about how it handles the situation.
"H1N1 flu, he will still be present in the same way [as swine flu]. All of them will have the same symptoms, the same presentation, the same possible complications and all of these things. The fact is that what the ministry has to do is inform the public about the flu virus. He's here, "said Campbell, a doctor, yesterday  The Gleaner . Although the Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton issued a warning to the House of Representatives last month because of a significant increase in the number of cases of fever and respiratory disease reported across the island, Campbell says this is insufficient in the light of the latter revelations.
"The council is once again that we are in the season that [and] individuals have to take care of them and get treatment. The Ministry has never had anything in the country. It's like warning that there's a hurricane along the way and we have a hurricane. [It] does not mean there is a hurricane in the country. That does not mean that.
He said the public should be provided with the information to take the necessary precautions.
"They had to inform the public that [it] was here and that people died of it. Swine flu, H1N1 – all of them – are covered by the same influenza vaccine, so I do not know what the difference they are trying to do. I'm not following, "Campbell said.
In a statement last night, the health ministry said the virus had great potential to cause epidemics and pandemics, and urged citizens to limit its proliferation by following a strict protocol on hygiene, immunization of high-risk individuals, and seeking medical attention. when ill, so treatment can begin at the earliest. While most of the cases are mild, the message says that all influenza viruses have the potential to cause serious illness.