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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.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH FIJI LAUNCHES FIJI HEALTH RESEARCH PORTAL

MINISTRY OF HEALTH FIJI LAUNCHES FIJI HEALTH RESEARCH PORTAL

The Fiji Ministry of Health, through its National Health Research Unit and National Health Research and Ethics Committees strives for fair, open, and responsible conduct of health research.

To maximize accountability, efficiency, and transparency in health research, the Fiji Ministry of Health, and Fiji National University through its College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences have collaboratively introduced an integrated online research management system called Fiji Health Research Portal. WHO supported the development of the system.

The Portal will provide public access to a registry of all the approved and ongoing research in Fiji from 1st November 2013 and a directory of domestic and international researchers doing health related research in Fiji.

The system will benefit researchers the most. To ensure protection of human research subjects, Fiji requires prior review of health related research proposals by the health research ethics review committees. With the launch of the portal, the researchers will be able to submit the proposal for ethics review anytime from anywhere in a paperless manner and can track the review status of their proposal.

Beginning 1st January 2014, all the health researchers in Fiji must submit their research proposals online for review by any of the two Ethics Review Committees operational in Fiji namely, College Health Research Ethics Review Commitee (CHRERC) at the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Fiji National Health Research Ethics Review Committee (FNHRERC) at the Ministry of Health.

To read more about the Portal and to submit research proposals, go to the http://health.gov.fj/fijihrp/

For any problems in the research proposal submission online, please contact Mrs. Mere Delai at the National Health Research Unit, Ministry of Health at mere.delai@govnet.gov.fj or call (679) 32157-70.