As more and more Jamaicans continue to be infected and impacted by the chikungunya virus the news emerging from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not very encouraging.
to the Center for Disease Control the chikungunya outbreak in the Caribbean will
continue to spread with no sign of slowing down. With all fourteen parishes now
reporting cases of this painful and debilitating mosquito borne disease
Jamaicans from all section of the society have been turning to non traditional
forms of medical care.
the medical fraternity struggles to arrive at a vaccine or cure for the
chikungunya virus infection many Jamaicans have sought relief from those who
proclaim themselves as herbalists.
relapse of chikungunya virus is as severe or in some instances more severe than
being first infected. The sad reality is
that many Jamaicans risk drug poisoning since a lot of these natural herbs have
properties which may pose serious problems to those patients who are also taking
the most part the nutraceutical industry is unregulated, and as such just about
anyone can put a drug on the market making unbelievable claims as a cure all
for all ailments.
the United States of America, which has a robust oversight body in the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA), Jamaica does not currently have such an oversight
body which regulates the entry of drugs on the market. The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by
regulating human and animal drugs, biologics for example, vaccines and cellular
and gene therapies), medical devices, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and
products that emit radiation.
humans we are at our most vulnerable whenever we become ill. When one is sick
and constantly in pain one is likely to try just about anything that comes
along offering relief. In recent times a
lot of claims have been made by various manufacturers of these wonder drugs.
The newest wonder drug on the market is Colloidal Silver “miracle water” which many Jamaicans
have turned to in the hopes of getting relief from pain associated with the
Jamaican government has a responsibility to the public to ensure the all drugs
sold in public spaces adhere to strict guidelines. The Private Sector
Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have estimated that more than 13 million man
hours have been lost to the chikungunya virus resulting in economic losses of
more than $6billion as workers continue to stay off the job while recovering. A
healthy workforce is necessary in order to solidify gains made from the
sacrifices of the average Jamaican.