J'cans resisting health and lifestyle survey

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January 11, 2017
Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye.

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, is appealing to Jamaicans to participate in the third Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey, which is currently being carried out across the island.

Dr De La Haye indicated that the research team has been met with some amount of resistance in the field.

"One of the challenges that we have faced is the collection of blood samples. Persons are not accustomed to providing a blood sample for a survey. There is fear surrounding that," he said.

Dr De La Haye explained the team has also faced reluctance, particularly from members of the middle class, to participate in the survey.

He said illness is not partial and the information will benefit all Jamaicans.

"We are urging every Jamaican who has been selected to do their best to facilitate the research team. However, if we all refuse to participate, there will be no data and, therefore, at the level of the Ministry, there will be very little to act on," he pointed out.

The current project will provide nationally representative data for the population aged 15 years and older, using a sample of 3,500 persons on the four priority health areas -- chronic diseases and their risk factors; sexually related conditions; violence-related injuries and deaths; and epidemics of emerging and re-emerging infections.

The project provides data on the Chikungunya and Zika viruses.

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