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Ministry Confirms Outbreak Of Typhoid, Leptospirosis, Dengue Fever Post Cyclone

Ministry officials in the Northern Division revealed 33 suspected cases of dengue reported with two notable typhoid cases.
18 Apr 2020 13:46
Ministry Confirms Outbreak Of Typhoid, Leptospirosis, Dengue Fever Post Cyclone
Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Outbreaks of typhoid, leptospirosis and dengue fever have been identified by the Health Ministry in areas affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold over the past week.

Ministry officials in the Northern Division revealed 33 suspected cases of dengue reported with two notable typhoid cases.

The assessment report also recorded 19 suspected dengue cases in the Western Division while 23 were recorded in the Central Division.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, confirmed that there was one reported case of leptospirosis in Kadavu.

He said these diseases were common in post cyclone periods and his officials had been deployed to contain the spread of these diseases in the affected areas.

“We have made it very clear that after a significant cyclone or a climatic change event typhoid, leptospirosis, dengue and dysentery can become relatively common,” Dr Waqainabete said.

The ministry deployed 24 medical personnel in the Eastern Division consisting of medical officers, nurses and dieticians for assessments.

The team followed an operational plan designed specifically for this deployment.

Dr Waqainabete also added that there has been 950 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene kits distributed in affected areas to help improve hygiene practices.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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