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Health Ministry Remains Committed To Addressing Tyhoid

Health Ministry Remains Committed To Addressing Tyhoid
Typhoid Fever
April 21
15:17 2016

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate and the Minister for Agriculture and National Disaster Management Office, Hon. Inia Seruiratu met with the Korovou Medical Health division staff this week to discuss issues related to the prevalence of typhoid in the district.

The increase in typhoid has drawn much attention since the aftermath of severe TC Winston and the authorities concerned have been working together to address the issue.

Subdivisional Medical Officer Dr Ilisapeci Lasaro informed the ministers that 25 confirmed cases of typhoid were recorded in Korovou this year.

The majority of cases (15) were recorded in Qelekuro village, and health authorities have intensified awareness programmes in the villages in order to prevent it from spreading further.

Dr Lasaro said that the medical outreach team in Korovou has been working closely with the villages. Their efforts have been very productive, with almost 70% of the cases being contained.

“We have been conducting meetings with villages with the help of Church leaders and elders to discuss proper hygiene and sanitation, as these practices decrease the risk of typhoid”, said Dr Lasaro.

Hon. Minister Seruiratu suggested that the medical outreach teams work with mothers and discuss ways to help prevent diseases.

“It is a very effective process to work with mothers to address typhoid related diseases,” said Minister Seruiratu.

Hon Seruiratu further assured the staff that the National Disaster Management Office will be providing more water tanks to be distributed to the villages for the safe keeping of water.

Health Minister Hon. Jone Usamate thanked staff for assisting the villages with medical interventions to minimise the spread of typhoid.

“I thank you all for committing yourself and working on the ground tirelessly to assist villages with the medical outreach programmes to reduce the prevalence of typhoid”, said Minister Usamate.


The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will commence with the typhoid immunisation program early next week.


The best way to prevent typhoid is by adhering to proper hygiene practices, such as washing hands with soap after using the washroom and before preparing food.


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