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Fish Poisoning Unfortunate

    It is an unfortunate tragedy that four people have died from fish poisoning on Gau Island in Lomaiviti. Two questions need to be asked. One is: Could it
06 Jan 2017 11:00
Fish Poisoning Unfortunate
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It is an unfortunate tragedy that four people have died from fish poisoning on Gau Island in Lomaiviti.

Two questions need to be asked.

One is: Could it have been prevented?

Second is: Were they given the proper treatment?

We have heard stories about fish poisoning in the past, some laced with theories based on folklore.

Then there are those cases that are linked to fish being eaten  during the wrong season. It means some fish turn poisonous at certain times of the year.

An investigation by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will find out what actually happened and what sort of treatment was administered.

The four failed to respond to treatment by medical personnel based at Qarani Health Centre, according to the Ministry.

It said the doctor stationed on the island had accompanied another patient to Suva for serious medical assistance.

The Ministry in its investigations has assured that any patients who appear to be at risk will be carefully monitored and treated as required. Its priority at this stage is to ensure that all those affected are treated appropriately.

Reports coming from the island indicate that others are sick and their treatment is essential at this stage to avoid more deaths.

The concern is the possibility of more people eating contaminated fish and getting sick also.

It is crucial therefore that all villages on the island should be alerted to this danger.

There is fear that there could be more deaths if the warning is not taken seriously.

 

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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