Health Ministry to establish $50m fund for babies born with microcephaly
With 35 pregnant women testing positive for the Zika virus in Jamaica so far, the Ministry of Health will establish a fund of $50 million to support interventions for families and babies born with microcephaly.
The fund will assist in carrying out activities that include support for high-risk clinics and psychosocial interventions.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said, “this fund will go towards preparing High Risk Clinics and Special Cares Nurseries, and the provision of special drugs.”
He added that “The fund will also be used to support home visits, early stimulation and psycho-social counselling and support."
Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect where babies are born with small heads.
To date, 35 pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus, while there have been another 501 cases classified as suspected Zika in pregnancy.