HEALTH MINISTRY REMINDS MUNICIPAL COUNCILS TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT IN COMBATING DENGUE FEVER

HEALTH MINISTRY REMINDS MUNICIPAL COUNCILS TO ASSIST GOVERNMENT IN COMBATING DENGUE FEVER

Written By: Evlyn Mani

18/03/2014

The Ministry of Health is urging municipal councils across the country to prioritise Government’s concerns on dengue fever.

In the past few weeks, Government has intensified its campaign against Dengue Fever. Through the Ministry of Health, Government has called on every Fijian to take a proactive approach and discard or destroy areas that are likely to breed mosquitoes. At the same time, the health ministry has called on the private sector including municipal councils to assist Government to assist in these efforts.

The Central Board of Health has issued a circular to municipalities directing immediate collection of damaged white goods and rubbish from respective areas.

Rubbish disposals remaining on the roadside are prone to collect stagnant water that can breed mosquitoes. However despite the concerns raised by the Health Ministry, piles of rubbish continue to be seen lying on the roadsides for weeks.

For these reasons the Health Ministry reiterates and calls on municipalities to take immediate responsibility in carting and disposing of rubbish from roadsides to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes.

HEALTH FACILITIES OPEN AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ACTIVATED

Health Facilities Open and Emergency Operations Center Activated

Written By: Evlyn Mani

28/02/2014

The Ministry of Health is advising that health facilities will remain open where possible during the current adverse weather conditions being experienced in certain parts of the country.

This includes the activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) where health officials at the Health Headquarters are working on eight hour shifts today with a further review of this tomorrow morning.

However, Navua Hospital will be open for emergency cases only with a temporary clinic set up on the second floor of the hospital and manned by health officials on a 12 hour shift.

Staff from the hospital had earlier relocated equipment from the bottom floor before it experienced flooding.

The Health Ministry said contingency plans have been activated at hospitals, sub divisional hospitals and health centers within the central, eastern and northern division.

The public can contact the Health Ministry’s Command Center on 3215823/3544228.