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Ministry To Conduct Village Health Check

Ministry To Conduct  Village Health Check
October 30
10:04 2015

The Ministry of Health will conduct medical checks on Vunidogoloa villagers in Cakaudrove after their village was relocated by Government because of climate change effects.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said health issues in the village had been brought to his attention.
“That is something that I would have to ask the people in that division. The literature for climate change has shown that there is a definite link between health and climate change,” Mr Usamate said.
“If you have more rain, then definitely there are going to be more mosquitoes and if there are more mosquitoes, then we have things like dengue outbreaks.
“There is also the direct link of diarrhoea, typhoid and leptospirosis that result from disasters like floods. I’m not sure if there were health impacts at Vunidogoloa, but there is a direct impact of climate change on health.”
He said there was a need to reaffirm Fiji’s commitment towards strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Vunidogoloa Village lies on the coastal line of Cakaudrove and was the first village in the country to be relocated under the climate change programme.
Government spent about $879,000 in the relocation.
The cost included the construction of 30 homes, two fish ponds, copra drier, farms and other village projects.

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