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Ministry Warns Parents

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is appealing to parents to stop their children from using the contaminated waters around the Nasese foreshore and Suva Point. This was after
29 Dec 2014 11:59
Ministry Warns Parents
Police officerstalking to picnickers at My Suva Picnic Park last week. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is appealing to parents to stop their children from using the contaminated waters around the Nasese foreshore and Suva Point.

This was after the sewerage mainline linking the greater Suva area to the Kinoya treatment plant broke during adverse weather earlier this month. Raw sewage was discharged directly into the Wainivula Creek affecting nearby areas including the Nasese and Laucala Bay foreshores.

The ministry’s sub-divisional medical officer, Dr Pablo Romakin, said people were at risk of developing health problems if they came into contact with the contaminated waters.

”So far we have not seen an increase in the number of cases, especially from people living in settlements affected by the spill,” Dr Romakin said.

He said it took between two and four weeks after people had come into contact with the contaminated water for diseases to set in and be detected.

“We are urging people to take heed of the warnings given by the authorities.”

Dr Romakin said the ministry had been monitoring the situation since the start of the raw waste spillage on December 6 at the Nabua bridge.

Meanwhile, a taskforce made up of 12 Government agencies, including the Police, the Health Ministry and the Water Authority continue to raise awareness.

Areas affected

–         Maravu Settlement One

–         Maravu Settlement Two

–         Bailey Bridge

–         Suva Point

–         My Suva Picnic Park

–         Makuluva Island

–          Nukulau Island

 

Feedback: zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj

 

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