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  • Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is appealing to parents to be on the alert for symptoms in their children.
  • The Education Minister has called on parents to take their child to a medical facility if he or she is showing signs of illness from Chikungunya, dengue fever or flu.
  • Xavier Miller, grade-two student at Mona Heights Primary, passed away on Tuesday while being transported from home to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

In the wake of the recent deaths of two students, reportedly, as a result of complications brought on by the Chikungunya virus, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is appealing to parents to be on the alert for symptoms in their children.

The Education Minister has called on parents to pay keen attention to information provided by the Ministry of Health, and to take their child to a medical facility if he or she is showing signs of illness from Chikungunya, dengue fever or flu.

Xavier Miller, grade-two student at Mona Heights Primary, passed away on Tuesday while being transported from home to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Fourteen-year-old Azee Baker of St Jago High also died at the Spanish Town Hospital from complications triggered by the mosquito-borne virus.

Minister Thwaites has expressed condolences to the grieving relatives and school communities. He said the Ministry’s trauma response team is available to offer the necessary counselling and support.