September 2, 2016 9:27 am

Health partners with US Navy to combat vector-borne disease

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services received ten microscopes and mosquito surveillance equipment from the US Navy yesterday. While reciving the equipments, the Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said the equipment will be used to monitor the density and distribution of vectors around Fiji and to implement control methods against these […]

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services received ten microscopes and mosquito surveillance equipment from the US Navy yesterday.

 The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamte reciving microscopes and mosquito surveillance equipment from the US Navy. (US Embassy Suva)
The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamte reciving microscopes and mosquito surveillance equipment from the US Navy. (US Embassy Suva)

While reciving the equipments, the Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said the equipment will be used to monitor the density and distribution of vectors around Fiji and to implement control methods against these diseases.

Minister Usamate thanked the US Navy for coming on board to assist the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to fight vector-borne diseases.

USAMATE: “The spread of vector borne diseases were only brought under control through the coordinated efforts of government, ministries, communities, corporate bodies and our donor partners like the US Navy.”

The Ministry of Health have recorded 48 cases of Chikungunya and 37 cases of Zika in the country so far.

He highlighted that mosquito-borne diseases were a serious concern for Fiji and it was important to ensure suitable measures were put in place.

USAMATE: “Vector-borne diseases place a burden on health facilities, health supplies and the workforce. It has an adverse impact on the economy, the tourism industry and threatens community stability.”

Meanwhile, there is a team of entomologists from the US Navy  that is currently in the country to work with local health officers to review Fiji’s vector control protocols and improve competency in pesticide application, mosquito identification and Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping.