Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 7:58 PM - David Wright
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson on Tuesday raised a few eyebrows when he said in an address to Parliament that the public should be aware that the babies who have died as a result of the klebsiella bacteria are “not babies in the real sense”.
He said they are in fact premature, which results in their immune systems being severely compromised.
|Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson|
Members of the Opposition, riled at Ferguson’s comment, rejected the minister’s explanation with the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness calling for him to resign.
Karl Samuda lashed out at Ferguson, telling him to man up and apologise to the mothers whose babies died of the bacteria in both the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the University Hospital of the West Indies.
During the flurry, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller broke her silence on the issue, saying she’s “deeply saddened” by what has happened.
Nineteen babies have died since the outbreak, the latest reportedly being today. more