Govt numbers on Chikungunya not adding up

With several businesses recently hit by high sick leave, the umbrella body for private sector organizations is questioning the Government’s reporting on Chikungunya disease.

In fact, chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association Alex McDonald said today the numbers simply were not adding up.

Just yesterday, the Government reported 49 confirmed and 200 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne illness.

However, McDonald told Barbados TODAY based on the information he had received, the figures were not reflective of the present reality facing local businesses.

Alex McDonald
Alex McDonald

The BPSA head said while no scientific data had been collected from members, the level of absenteeism due to reports of chikungunya-like symptoms by employees in the private sector was “fairly significant” at this time.

In fact, in some cases, he said, business operators were reporting that as much as half of their staff were out sick, due to related symptoms.

“In just a brief chat with members, people are reporting very stressful times, especially in the smaller businesses. I think it is more severe than just a reported 49 [confirmed cases] . . . People are talking about their staffing issues [and reporting] that in an office of ten, five people have not come in, or somebody is now recovering, either from dengue or chikungunya or symptoms that resemble either.

“Those are the kinds of numbers we are hearing,” he stressed.

As for the threat of Ebola, McDonald said he believed that the world was grappling with an appropriate response but he was confident that “new and better protocols” would be developed over time.

“From what we have been told through the Ministry of Health there seems to be a lot of work going on.

“I have listened very closely to the concerns that the average person has had, and it seems to me that a bit more communication is what is required in terms of making sure that people know we have the hazmat suits (hazardous materials suits) [and] the facility in place.”

McDonald said he understood the concerns of residents regarding the location of a proposed isolation unit, but he said, “we have listened very carefully to what the Chief Medical Officer [Dr Joy St John] has said, in terms of the access to the QEH [hospital], and not wanting to move patients about far distances, increasing the risk of them contaminating others, and it seems to make sense.”

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27 Responses to Govt numbers on Chikungunya not adding up

  1. Deon Mayers
    Deon Mayers October 17, 2014 at 1:33 am

    The minister can only accurately report on persons who actually go to the Dr, which apparently a number of persons are failing to do, but instead are self diagnosing. Additionally because people are reporting chikungunya like symptoms does not mean they actually have chikunguya. Have you’ll considered that maybe a few people are getting a free ride on the chikungunya train.

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase October 17, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Years ago when there was a Dengue out break, after the initial doctors visit, you were also required to go to Spectrol to have a blood test to confirm.

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    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams October 17, 2014 at 7:23 am

      He blasted well is a doctor….stuuuuuupse

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    • Kourtney James
      Kourtney James October 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Usha if you can’t afford to go to a private doctor you go to a clinic or the hospital. There is nothing wrong with sitting and waiting for hours. What madness are you talking?

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    • Deon Mayers
      Deon Mayers October 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Usha I don’t have to have ChickV to make a statement on it – not everyone who calls in and says i’m sick is not necessarily sick with Chick V or anything else for that matter. I do wish you much better a few of relatives and friends had it and or still dealing with the symptoms.

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    • Deon Mayers
      Deon Mayers October 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Cherri I saw someone make references to that virus somewhere in the comments…but that’s the problem that will occur when persons don’t go to the Dr and they may end up being worst off…when it comes to my health I don’t play my granny was told if there is one thing to keep its money to go to the Dr at short notice, and with how the clinics and QEH work I taking her advice.

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    • Kourtney James
      Kourtney James October 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Usha I had to wait years ago when there was only FMH which closed at 12. I sat in QEH with my father from 2am til nearly 6:30. Yes I felt like I was about to die but I had no other choice.

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  2. Thérèse Fergusson
    Thérèse Fergusson October 17, 2014 at 2:16 am

    And I know for a fact that the poly clinics are lazily lumping everyone under the chikungunya heading of course the numbers staggering

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  3. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 17, 2014 at 3:59 am

    so what about the sickleave forms from drs that are submitted to n.i.s i know they more than 49

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  4. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 17, 2014 at 4:06 am

    you cant self diagnose and expect to have a job when return to work somebody in doing their work or even this the minister telling lies so the tourist woul keep comming.

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  5. ReRe Griffith
    ReRe Griffith October 17, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I agree with deon, there are plenty who self diagnose. Oh my feet are swollen I have gunya. I was quite baffled about the #s released saying 200 cases but in all this we need to control this situation while maintaining faith in our ministries.

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  6. Lisa Worme
    Lisa Worme October 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

    The numbers would be taken from confirmed blood tests. Sick leave forms are not given on confirmed blood tests. These tests take up to three weeks sometimes to return with results. There is also an airborne virus going around, Parvovirus B19 which has very similar symptoms. If so many people from similar work establishments are coming down ill it possibly suggests something more airborne.

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  7. PJ White
    PJ White October 17, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Even if all the ppl with dengue and Chikungunya symptoms went and were tested, the reported numbers would still be less ’cause these ppl are strangers to the truth! They are seriously allergic to speaking what is true! If they say walk, I’m running hard and fast!

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  8. Jo-Anne Husbands
    Jo-Anne Husbands October 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

    It can’t add up when some Doctors are calling it a viral illness. It’s a common sense thing. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck……..

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  9. Artemis Allyce IronHyde-Jwb
    Artemis Allyce IronHyde-Jwb October 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Been wanting to use this all week…

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  10. Errie Berrie
    Errie Berrie October 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

    The tourist season is fast upon us. Of course they’re not going to report that we have a MAJOR problem here…and scare ‘way De tourisses? Jokes.

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  11. PJ White
    PJ White October 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Terence M. Blackett I know that these stated numbers are wrong. Dead wrong! I also know that they know the stated numbers are wrong or as Pedro M Griffith said, they have issues with math. I am recovering from Chikungunya along with about 20 of my neighbours! All of us were tested and told it is Chikungunya. So if this is one small area with that amount, what does that tell you all? I am no longer believing a word out these ppl mouths! If they say not to fear Ebola I am going to doubt them since they always contradict themselves!

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  12. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown October 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

    It has been categorically STATED that only certain cases such as those of the very young, the elderly and pregnant women who are a high risk group blood would be sent to the testing centre in Trinidad. Reason being we cannot afford to send every case to them cause we do not have the money to do so. Also, the testing centre has requested we not send every cause to them because they’re overwhelmed at the great number of cases they have to test from the countries requesting confirmation. Also, if you have Chikungunya you sure as FRANCE will know. The symptoms are a mother… so all this talk of persons speculating about their illness is a joke. Plus there is no cure so going to a doctor or clinic to sit down a whole freaking day to get paracetamol is a waste, if you can afford to buy it yourself, because you will NOT get s definite result of theillness by blood test for the reasons I have indicated above, the doctor will listen to what you say your symptoms are, check your temperature, etc. and then make a call as to if you have this illness. As a side note, based on my reseach and checking of credible medical and health sites such as PAHO you can only catch this illness once after that your body builds up immunity.

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  13. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown October 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

    It has been categorically STATED that only certain cases such as those of the very young, the elderly and pregnant women who are a high risk group blood would be sent to the testing centre in Trinidad. Reason being we cannot afford to send every case to them cause we do not have the money to do so. Also, the testing centre has requested we not send every cause to them because they’re overwhelmed at the great number of cases they have to test from the countries requesting confirmation. Also, if you have Chikungunya you sure as FRANCE will know. The symptoms are a mother… so all this talk of persons speculating about their illness is a joke. Plus there is no cure so going to a doctor or clinic to sit down a whole freaking day to get paracetamol is a waste, if you can afford to buy it yourself, because you will NOT get s definite result of theillness by blood test for the reasons I have indicated above, the doctor will listen to what you say your symptoms are, check your temperature, etc. and then make a call as to if you have this illness. As a side note, based on my reseach and checking of credible medical and health sites such as PAHO you can only catch this illness once after that your body builds up immunity.

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  14. Addison Cortlandt
    Addison Cortlandt October 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Does ANYTHING in this government ever add up??

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  15. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham October 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Do we really understand the word of GOD this is the word of GOD to be honest with you I don,t know how to trust man anymore because it,s just a lot of long talk there are so many things to speak about but what,s the use all you do hear is the gov don,t have no money because they have put the taxpayers money in dead progets an making a lot of false promises where the health issues are concern they can,t stop them the doctors can only do so much an no more this is the price we have to pay for disobendece the only one that can help us is GOD this is what the Bible tells this is why I thank GOD for knowledge an understanding at the end of the day the only we are fooling is ourselves this is also why SOLOMON tell us there is a time for everything under the sun if we don,t BELEIVE that we don,t BELEIVE we are alive this day all because of GOD,s LOVE have a blessed day

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  16. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Cathie you bad but true one day they would try convince us thats the blp who left the nonsensical decision to be carried out and bajan going believe

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  17. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Cathie you bad but true one day they would try convince us thats the blp who left the nonsensical decision to be carried out and bajan going believe

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  18. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Ahmmmm like anything they do ever add up

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  19. PJ White
    PJ White October 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    QEH hospital after being rushed their by ambulance from my private doctor. Had an extremely high fever, severely dehydrated despite drinking water all throughout the day, a severe itchy rash from head to toe, inability to stand/walk, intense pain and extremely lethargic.

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  20. PJ White
    PJ White October 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    *there

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