The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising all Fijians that the adverse weather conditions has increased the risks of Mosquito and water borne diseases and all precautionary measures should be enforced to avoid people getting sick.
The prevailing rainy weather with lots of flooding is an ideal catalyst for the spread of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, leptospirosis and typhoid.
The Minister for health and medical services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says that over the years we have been burdened with these avoidable diseases which have had some drastic effect on the Fijian population and this is something that we should all learn from.
“To reduce the mosquito density levels in the community, we encourage all individuals, government sectors and corporate entities in Fiji to work cohesively with the Ministry of Health in destroying mosquito breeding grounds via frequent organized cleanup campaigns”, Dr Waqainabete said.
“At the same time we should prevent mosquito bites with the use of mosquito repellents, sleeping under mosquito nets and embrace the houses with mosquito screens in windows and doors”.
He further said that people should not swim or wade in flooded rivers and drains as these waters may be contaminated and people can contract diseases such as leptospirosis and typhoid easily.
The Health Ministry has issued these advisories but very few b people adhere to these as a result the increased presentations of cases of these diseases had been reported to the health facilities.
Whilst the health authorities had been had been tirelessly working to assist the patients with medical intervention, every Fijian is reminded to take utmost care of their health.
People with symptoms such as severe headache, coughing, joint pains, flu etc. should present early to the health facilities receive immediate medical attention and avoid fatalities.
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