Lobby New Zealand is voicing its concerns over the quickly developing respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) outbreak affecting New Zealand.

In a letter to the Minister of Health it said, “we ask that the Ministry of Health clarify all information regarding RSV on a widely accessible public forum, as parents nationwide are faced with an unfolding public health crisis. The unfolding RSV crisis in New Zealand is not only placing the health of children and adults at risk, however also lowering New Zealand’s level of economic productivity.”

Continuing, “With very little public knowledge around the concerns of RSV nationwide, we call on the Government to promote awareness around RSV immediately, to prevent further spread of the virus.”

It is Lobby New Zealand’s belief that New Zealanders deserve to have up to date information regarding the outbreak, with hotspots made known, to prevent further spread of the virus. On top of health concerns, New Zealand’s economic productivity is at risk.

“Right now, more than ever, as New Zealand paves its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that good hygiene practices remain in place to prevent the spread of RSV”, it said in the letter.

National Party spokesperson for Health, Dr Shane Reti, has also received the letter, additionally asking that the Opposition question the Government over the nationwide outbreak.