Births in Jamaica Decline By 28 Percent in 2016 – Health Ministry
According to the Ministry of Health, in 2016, births in Jamaica declined by 28 percent when compared to 2015.
The reduction in births is being attributed to the recommendation (which has now been lifted) for women to put off becoming pregnant amid threats posed by the Zika virus which has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly.
While speaking with RJR, National Epidemiologist Dr. Karen Webster Kerr, stated:
“Over the year, there has been a dramatic decline in the number of cases of Zika virus. So while we have not extended the advisory, pregnant women are advised to protect themselves against mosquitos because the Zika virus is still circulating in Jamaica, although it’s at a much lower level.”
Data from the Health Ministry reveal that the highest number of births last year took place at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, followed by Spanish Town Hospital and Mandeville Regional Hospital.
The Lionel Town and Linstead hospitals reportedly had the lowest birth rates.
Remember to share this article on Facebook and other Social Media Platforms. To submit your own articles or to advertise with us please send us an EMAIL at: [email protected]
- Woman Hides Her Face With Comical Emoji Mask When Collecting Lottery Winnings - June 17, 2018
- Teenaged Boy Charged For Cassava Piece Murder – JCF - June 16, 2018
- 7-Yr-Old Boy Dies In Tragic Freak Accident At School - June 14, 2018
- Pharmaceutical Society Of Jamaica Expresses Concern About Counterfeit Medicines - June 13, 2018
- Statue of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Now In Jamaica - June 13, 2018
- Usain Bolt’s Superb Goal Disallowed In Football Game At Old Trafford - June 12, 2018
- Wayne Marshall Announces Death Of His Father In Touching Social Media Post - June 11, 2018
- Fraser-Pryce Wins 100-Metre Event At Racers Grand Prix - June 10, 2018
- Prime Minister Makes Historic Appearance At G7 Summit! - June 9, 2018
- Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Is Back On Track At The JN Racers Grand Prix Live On 1spotmedia Pay- Per- View - June 8, 2018