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Save Yourselves From Communicable Diseases

People residing near the broken sewer trunk line at Wainivula have been advised to prevent themselves from contracting any communicable disease. The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate,
12 Dec 2014 13:55
Save Yourselves From Communicable Diseases

People residing near the broken sewer trunk line at Wainivula have been advised to prevent themselves from contracting any communicable disease.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, in a press conference yesterday stressed the importance of safety precautions for people living thereabouts.

Although the Minister says he was not aware of an outbreak he said people still needed to be cautious.

Mr Usamate said his ministry had been active since the beginning of the sewage spillage into the creek.

“We have been involved right from the outset. The whole of the government team is there and as I speak today, members of this ministry are out on the field meeting the family members advising them on health issues,” he said.

“The Ministry of Health is taking a lot of interest to look at the needs of people who live in the area and that is why people are out in the field. We have been there on Wednesday and again today (Thursday).

“Our staff are on the ground at the riverbank to monitor any form of water-borne diseases and monitoring families for any skin disease.”

Mr Usamate said it had been pointed out that the creek was polluted for some time.

“So there is really a need for all of us in society to look at preventing the pollution of the creek,” he said.

“Those located along the area to perhaps consider moving away from there for a while and coming back.”

Mr Usamate strictly calls out to people who pick sea mussels (kaikoso) and fish to refrain from entering the creek.

Meanwhile the Water Authority of Fiji is addressing the damage of the wastewater trunk line that carries all untreated waste from the Suva area to the Kinoya Waste Treatment Plant. Repairs to the trunk line is expected to be completed in two weeks.

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