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PACIFIC ISLANDS HEALTH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2014

Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium 2014

Theme: Broadening the Horizons in Health Research
Date: 28-29th August 2014, Suva; Fiji Islands
Call for Registration & Abstracts now open
Closing Date for Abstracts: Monday 30th June 8:00am (Fiji Time)

The Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium aspires to become an avenue that encourages Pacific Health Researchers to share their research findings in a collegiate and supportive environment.

The PIHRS recognizes that there are excellent health research initiatives being conducted the Pacific that often lack a forum in which they are appropriately presented.

If you have undertaken health research in any of the broad topics listed below, please consider submitting an abstract as a presenter or join us as a symposium participant. Abstracts may fall under these categories but are not limited to:

Climate Change & Health
Globalization & Health
Health Systems
Interventions for reducing Disease Burdens
Infectious Diseases
Public Health Policy
Social Determinants of Health
Culture & Health
Health Equity & Governance
Health & Law
Non-communicable Diseases
Research Systems (including Governance and Bioethics)
Trade & Health

Contact: PIHRS@fnu.ac.fj for more information
Website: http://www.pacifichealthvoices.org/pacific-islands-health-research-symposium

HEALTH: FIGHT AGAINST DENGUE SHOWS POSITIVE RESULTS

The Health Ministry has noted that there is a downward trend in the real time statistics for dengue cases.

It has been a month since the since the intersectoral cleanup campaign took off and apart from this a lot of advocacy, awareness, prevention and precaution for dengue had been highlighted through the media continuously.

Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said, “The story does not end here and the onus is now on individuals to take charge of their environment. People have to understand the environmental aspect effective on public health”.

“The dengue outbreak is a result of climate change and how we keep our environment”, Dr Sharma added.
It is important to also realize that climate change is also a contributor towards the continuation of dengue cases.

The Health Minister also urges municipalities and Fiji Roads Authority to constantly monitor drainage particularly in densely populated areas.

Waste management is an area that needs to be re looked at and improved especially in densely populated areas such as squatter settlements and housing areas.

The public is also urged not to dispose of rubbish irresponsibly as this leads to drain blockages allowing water to become stagnant, providing dengue mosquito a breeding ground.

“People must realize that the cleanliness of oneself and the environment is crucial as it is all linked to health”, said Dr Sharma.

Public health can be improved by looking after the environment and by cleanliness and hygiene practices.

Meanwhile, Dr Sharma also thanked the Fiji Government and Government ministries for their efforts during the cleanup campaign in the fight against dengue.

The Health Ministry is also grateful to the support received from donor agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Government, UNICEF, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Government of China.

Dengue Fever in Suva – Travellers Notice

The Ministry of Health has declared a Dengue Outbreak in the Central Division particularly in Suva, with an unusual increase in dengue like cases presenting at its health facilities and admitted to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.  Dengue Fever is endemic in Fiji, meaning it occurs regularly within our population. However, when there are more cases than normally seen, it is considered an outbreak.

Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus when a mosquito bites a dengue-infected person for a blood meal, and injects it into another healthy person. The black-and-white striped dengue-carrying-mosquito prefers to live in-and-around house water containing receptacles and stagnant water. Please refer to the Ministry of Health’s dengue fever fact sheet, which is available at all health facilities and also on the Ministry of Health website, for more information on dengue fever.

Government health facilities in the central health division have been activated to ensure the availability of adequate manpower and the technical resources to accommodate the anticipated initial rise in case numbers of dengue fever infections.

With the current dengue fever situation, the Ministry of Health has advised the population and visitors to the Capital city of Suva, to observe and apply the Ministry of Health’s advice on self-protection to reduce the risk of acquiring the virus infection.

It is important to seek prompt Medical Advice from a nearby health facility if one has symptoms that become worse after 24 hours of home therapy of taking in a lot of fluids and Paracetamol.

For any further information regarding the dengue fever situation in the Central Health division and the capital city of Suva, please contact either Dr. Mike Kama or Dr. Anaseini Moala on (679) 3320066 or (679) 3306177 respectively.