While businesses and local doctors are reporting increasing cases of mosquito-borne Chikungunya and dengue fever, the worrying situation is not reflected so far in sickness claims from the National Insurance Department (NIS).
In a brief comment to Barbados TODAY, NIS chairman Dr Justin Robinson said, “they (NIS) have not yet seen a spike in claims”.
However, the Chairman of the Private Sector Association of Barbados Alex McDonald has expressed concern that the recent outbreak of these viruses was hurting national productivity, based on reports, particularly from small firms, which he said had been hit with substantial staff shortages due to illness.
So far, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 49 cases of Chikungunya, with another 200 suspected.
President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) Dr Carlos Chase has said that private medical doctors are also reporting an increase in mosquito-borne viruses.