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Health ministry addresses 14 typhoid cases in Tailevu

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the public to practice proper personal hygiene after 14 cases of typhoid were reported in Tailevu last month. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said the ministry is addressing the typhoid cases. A total of 14 confirmed cases were reported which have been […]

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March 23, 2016 5:01 pm

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the public to practice proper personal hygiene after 14 cases of typhoid were reported in Tailevu last month.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said the ministry is addressing the typhoid cases.

A total of 14 confirmed cases were reported which have been investigated and treated. Furthermore, water samples were tested and cleared safe for consumption.

The Health Ministry along with UNICEF, WHO, NDMO and Commissioner Central’s office have distributed WASH kits with two water tanks set up with water refilling.

The health team and its partners have worked proactively and within the days were able to re-construct 16 existing damaged toilets with the help of the community.

The Health Ministry during its awareness sessions raised concerns on poor environmental sanitation leading to populations in communities vulnerable to communicable transmitted diseases.

Typhoid fever is contracted by drinking or eating the fecal bacteria in contaminated food or water.

This bacterium is deposited in water or food by a human carrier and can be spread to other people dwelling in the same area.

Some of the symptoms of typhoid fever include high fever, headache, stomach ache and weakness.

Typhoid fever can be treated and patients with typhoid like symptoms are advised to present themselves early to health facilities.

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