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PM Warns People To Be Cautious On Killer Disease

  Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has appealed to people to take careful steps to avoid coming into contact with the killer Meningococcal disease. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for a
22 Mar 2018 12:24
PM Warns People To Be Cautious On Killer Disease
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama inspects the artist’s impression of the new Navosa Hospital at Keiyasi on March 21, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has appealed to people to take careful steps to avoid coming into contact with the killer Meningococcal disease.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new hospital at Keiyasi, he said: “Wash your hands and handkerchiefs regularly, especially after you cough or sneeze.

“If you share saliva with an infected person, whether by kissing a loved one or passing along a kava bowl, you are putting yourself at risk.

“As someone who enjoys a cup of grog as much as anyone, I just ask that you are cautious—with your awareness and proactive steps, you are helping us contain this disease.

“You should also be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease: by being alert and aware of the symptoms, you can stop it early with the proper antibiotic medication. It is found most often in babies and teenagers and young adults, but anyone can get the disease. For older children and adults, signs include nausea, your eyes being sensitive to light, confusion and rash.

“For babies, symptoms vary much more, but they can include unusual behaviour, high fever and red or purple spots. Be alert: by looking out for these warning signs and visiting your local health facility as soon as possible, lives will be saved.

“I say these things because I genuinely care about each and every one of you, the Fijian people. You are what drives me every day and you are what gives me the energy to travel the globe to meet with leaders, finding new and creative ways to promote Fiji and seek out investment and innovations that will improve the lives of all Fijians.

“And you are the reason that here at home – among you all – the place where I am most comfortable. I am building the strongest possible foundation so that our children and grandchildren inherit a new Fiji, a prosperous Fiji and a united Fiji–– a Fiji for all Fijians.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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