Akbar stresses importance of safe drinking water amid wet weather
With some parts of the country experiencing heavy rain a timely advice to all Fijians was issued by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar.
She has stressed the importance of safe drinking water. This is after nurses in Bua province treated cases of typhoid in the districts of Solevu, Vuya and Kubulau. Ms Akbar said she was not aware of it, adding that she could not give statistics on how many cases of typhoid the ministry had received.
She said that typhoid was a common fever here, during the raining season. In 2017, The Northern Division recorded 116 typhoid cases, 387 Leptospirosis cases and 873 dengue cases from January 1 to December 31, 2017.
“Typhoid fever can be prevented and treated with antibiotics. However, if you do not seek treatment, it can prove deadly,” the minister said.
“It is important to remember that typhoid can be carried without showing any symptoms, so it’s important to take the right steps to prevent typhoid.”