MOH continuing ackee sensitization campaign

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The Ministry of Health has indicated that it will be maintaining its campaign to sensitise members of the public on the proper procedures for the preparation of ackee for consumption.

This comes in the wake of an increase in cases of ackee poisoning.
Earlier this week, health officials in St. Catherine reported three deaths from ackee poisoning and 18 cases in which persons fell ill.
According to Sheila Campbell Forrester, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, the sensitisation campaign will be a multi-faceted one.

Late last month, the government confirmed six deaths from ackee poisoning in St. Ann and St. Mary.
It was reported that the deaths were due to the consumption of ackees with high levels of hypoglycin, which is contained in the unripened fruit.