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Ministry: 60 Dengue-Like Cases Treated At Labasa Hospital

Ministry: 60 Dengue-Like Cases Treated At Labasa Hospital
Fight the Bite
April 06
11:00 2017

 

In the last two months, 60 dengue-like cases have been treated at the Labasa Hospital.

This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in a statement.

The number of cases (as recorded by the surveillance team) at the current point in time compared to last year was lower for the Northern Division.

This is the result of prompt action by the ministry to raise awareness on dengue prevention and collaborative approach taken to co-ordinate intensified clean-up activities across all four divisions.

The ministry is encouraging people with dengue-like symptoms to visit their nearest health centre at the earliest possible opportunity.

Over the last 40 years the ministry has recorded dengue fever outbreaks on a 10-yearly cycle. However, in the last 15 years this has been reduced to a five-yearly cycle.

The ministry said there was no cure for dengue fever but its impacts on individuals could be managed with appropriate treatment.

The classical symptoms of dengue include high fever, pain behind the eye balls, rashes on the chest and back, headache, muscle and joint pains and a general feeling of being unwell.

The warning signs of severe dengue are: restlessness, fast breathing, persistent vomiting, and unexplained bleeding from the gums.

 

Fight the Bite Campaign

The ministry re-launched the ‘Fight the Bite Campaign’ last month.

The organised clean-up campaign is progressing in all the four divisions (West, North, East and Central).

All the divisions are conducting vector control works by engaging communities and other stakeholders in order to combat dengue fever.

The northern division clean-up campaigns has been ongoing and efforts will be intensified through the next phase of the clean-up campaign and anti-mosquito spraying in Taveuni, Bua, Savusavu and Labasa.

Cleanup campaigns in high risk areas will start on Monday, April 10.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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