Ak­bar stresses im­por­tance of safe drink­ing wa­ter amid wet weather

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Na­canieli Tuile­vuka Edited by Percy Kean

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.”

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