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Rheumatic Disease System Launched

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a common yet preventable heart condition in Fiji, says Minister for Health and Medical Services. “Recent research has shown that RHD affects as many as
22 Jul 2016 09:08
Rheumatic Disease  System Launched
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate. Photo: DEPTFO News

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a common yet preventable heart condition in Fiji, says Minister for Health and Medical Services.

“Recent research has shown that RHD affects as many as one in 20 children aged 5-15 in Fiji,” he said.

He said this during the launch of the RHD fever information system at Novotel Suva Lami Bay Hotel convention centre on Wednesday.

Rheumatic fever is a disease that begins with an infection in the throat.

“Young people with a history of rheumatic fever or existing RHD are at a high risk of recurrent bouts of rheumatic fever, which can further damage the heart,” he said.

Mr Usamate said there were many barriers to patients receiving their monthly injections, and the Rheumatic Fever Information System (RFIS) was one of a number of activities aimed at improving management and support to patients.

“The RFIS will assist with monitoring and management of ARF & RHD patients by providing accurate patient data to report on numbers and disease severity, allowing doctors and nurses to record the injections patients’ receive, identifying patients who have missed injections or not received them in a timely manner.”

“It will also provide important information to allow at-risk patients to be followed up,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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