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Health Ministry Ramps Up Disease Surveillance Amid Cyclone Season

Dr Fong added that children should also be advised on the health risks associated with bathing in flooded water around the home, and in flooded drains, creeks, and rivers, and be discouraged from doing so.
13 Jan 2022 10:12
Health Ministry Ramps Up Disease Surveillance Amid Cyclone Season
Staff Nurse Salvin Prasad of Naqalimare Nursing Station in Sigatoka meets with Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete.

The Ministry of Health and Services has ramped up its surveillance system to be able to detect Leptospirosis, Typhoid, Dengue and Diarrhoea infections early during this cyclone season.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong yesterday revealed that the ministry has an early warning system (EWARS) that uses community and medical facility based sentinel sites that report cases in the community or cases that present to facilities.

He said collating these reports would allow the ministry to define hot spots with early evidence of outbreak.

“We are also working with other entities to have a programme in each subdivision to facilitate environmental clearing and cleaning (Source reduction programme) as a pre-emptive strategy,” he said.

This, he said, was something the ministry does every year.

Dr Fong added that children should also be advised on the health risks associated with bathing in flooded water around the home, and in flooded drains, creeks, and rivers, and be discouraged from doing so.

 

Advisory

He said while preparing for the adverse weather conditions, the public was reminded to also prepare well for their health needs.

“It is important to remember that weather disturbances also cause the increase of climate-sensitive diseases such as leptospirosis, typhoid fever, dengue fever, and diarrhoeal diseases.

“The public is advised to take actions to protect themselves from these diseases and to prevent the spread of the diseases in our community.

“Drinking water should be boiled if the colour of the water turns turbid or the regular water supply is frequently interrupted.

“Stored water should be covered to protect against dirt and pests. Compounds and the home surroundings should be cleared of loose materials and debris that can injure individuals and attract pests.”

He added that household rubbish should be disposed of properly, and proper personal protective equipment should be used when outside the household.

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