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How To Be Proactive When It Comes To Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika Virus

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has released a set of guidelines to avoid contracting diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya or even the Zika Virus. The Ministry’s Permanent
10 Apr 2016 09:58
How To Be Proactive When It Comes To Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Zika Virus
Zika Virus

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has released a set of guidelines to avoid contracting diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya or even the Zika Virus.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Mecuisela Tuicakau said that proactive measures had been implemented to contain any possible outbreak and to ensure that the public had access to adequate health services and resources.

This includes using a proactive approach to address mosquito-borne diseases and intervene to minimize the possibility of outbreaks.

Using the example of the 13 confirmed Zika cases in the country, Dr Tuicakau said it was vital for the public to understand that because the virus was spread by mosquitoes, it was important that clean and hygienic practices were carried out at homes and surrounding environment.

“The positive cases have been investigated and a rapid survey of mosquito density was carried out within their area of residence.

“Our health teams have visited the affected individuals and their households and also carried out awareness and preventable measures such as mosquito spraying,” Dr Tuicakau said.

The ministry had developed a Zika action plan earlier this year, which is now being implemented.

“This action plan was developed through collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Fiji Health Sector Support Program me(FHSSP), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Government, UNICEF and Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

“The best protection from Zika virus is to prevent mosquito bites by using barriers such as mosquito repellent and mosquito nets.

“Pregnant women are strongly advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

“A collective effort by people is needed in destroying mosquito breeding places by emptying, cleaning or covering containers that can hold even a small amount of water,” Dr Tuicakau said.

While there is NO OUTBREAK of the Zika virus in Fiji, the Health Ministry’s vector control, border control and Centre for Communicable Diseases will continue to monitor patients who are presented to medical facilities with symptoms and signs suggestive of Zika infection.

 

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