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28-01-19 MEDIA STATEMENT: Leptospirosis Outbreak in the Central Division

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared an outbreak of leptospirosis for the Central Division. There have been 69 cases of leptospirosis in Central Division from January 1st this year, with 18 people requiring admission to the CWM Hospital. The majority of cases have been in the 1-19 and 20-29 age groups. There have been 4 deaths from leptospirosis in the Central Division so far in 2019.

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria that affects both humans and animals. Humans get leptospirosis through contact with the urine of infected animals. This often happens through contact with mud, water, or food contaminated with the urine of infected animals. People who work with animals (e.g. farmers) are at higher risk of getting this disease, however the current outbreak in the Central Division is also affecting people who do non-animal related work. Recent heavy rains and flooding are likely to have contributed to the increase in cases in the Central Division.

Animals that may spread the disease through their infected urine include; rats, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, horses and mongooses.

The symptoms of leptospirosis include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches – commonly around the calves (backs of lower legs) and lower back
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and/or eyes)
  • Red eyes
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rash

Please visit the nearest healthcare facility if you have symptoms of this disease

Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death. Early treatment with antibiotics administered by a doctor is key to preventing complications and deaths.

Prevention

You can prevent getting leptospirosis by avoiding contact with the urine of infected animals. This includes:

  • Avoiding wading/swimming in waters that may be contaminated with animal urine, especially flood waters
  • Wearing protective clothing and footwear when working with livestock
  • Separating households from livestock e.g. through the use of fences/pens
  • Regular household cleaning
  • Getting rid of rats in the household
  • Keeping your food and eating/cooking utensils away from rats and pets
  • Washing fruits and vegetables

What is the Ministry doing?

Medical Officers in the Central Division have been alerted to the outbreak of leptospirosis in order to encourage early recognition, treatment, and referral of cases as required. Fiji’s Leptospirosis Clinical Guidelines have been redistributed to all medical officers in the Central Division, and refresher training on the guidelines has been organised. The Central Division and Subdivisional Outbreak Response Teams, including our Environmental Health Officers, have been working closely with the Ministry’s Centre for Communicable Disease Control to conduct investigations and public health awareness and interventions involving household inspections in the community. The public have also been advised through mass media advertisements on the prevention of leptospirosis.

 

For more information please visit your nearest healthcare facility or the ‘My Health Section’ on the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website https://www.health.gov.fj

 

Nadi Hospital Telephone lines under maintenance

22-01-18

Media release

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to inform the general public that the Nadi hospital landline is currently down.

Arrangements are being made with Telecom Fiji Ltd for a temporary solution to this issue who are currently working on it.

People are advised to call the mobile number 8913506 for emergencies only and seek assistance from the hospital staff.

The Health Ministry regrets for any inconvenience caused but assures the public that efforts are being made to restore the landline through TFL as soon as possible.

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Diabetes Patient Relief- Insulin Mixtard stocked at Major Hospitals

23-01-19

Media release

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirms that major health facilities have been restocked with Insulin Mixtard.

Based on the current annual utilization rate, the Ministry has implemented control measures with the current limited stock and alternative insulin preparation to meet local demands/patient needs.

Health Facilities will be fully stocked with the Mixtard by the end of this month.

The Ministry of Health and medical services continues to prioritise public health and as such will ensure that our pharmacies are well stocked with medicines to allow ease of access for the public.

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