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Expert: 60 people die each year from rheumatic heart disease

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM At least 60 people in Fiji are dying each year from rheumatic heart disease with the average age of 33. The Ministry of Health’s chief pediatrician, Dr
06 Mar 2014 12:04

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM

At least 60 people in Fiji are dying each year from rheumatic heart disease with the average age of 33.
The Ministry of Health’s chief pediatrician, Dr Joseph Kado, made the comment at the launch of Relapsing-Remitting Disease awareness week in support of ‘A Sore Throat Can Kill You’ campaign at the Suva Business Centre yesterday.
“The latest statistics revealed by the Fiji Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Programme says that 3.5 per cent of all children in Fiji have definite or probable rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and there has been 49 deaths related to RHD in patients under 18 years of age from 2007.”
Dr Kado said RHD was the second most common cause of maternal death in Fiji.
“Rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat that is known as strep throat- a throat infection caused by a bacteria.”
He said strep throats should be treated with antibiotics to reduce its risk of causing rheumatic fever in at-risk children.
This initiative is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Suva, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.




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