Rheumatic fever in de­cline

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The num­ber of cases of rheumatic fever in Porirua is drop­ping, af­ter a swab­bing pro­gramme that be­gan last year.

More than 4000 swabs have been taken by pub­lic health nurses in schools over the past 12 months. Of those, 370 tested pos­i­tive for group A strep­to­coc­cus in­fec­tion, which can cause rheumatic fever.

National List MP and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata last week ac­knowl­edged the 12 schools in eastern Porirua that are tak­ing part in the pro­gramme.

‘‘In part­ner­ship with schools, our govern­ment is work­ing hard to try to elim­i­nate this Third World dis­ease that has been al­lowed to linger in our com­mu­ni­ties for far too long,’’ she said.

Ms Parata said one of National’s pub­lic ser­vice tar­gets was to re­duce the in­ci­dence of rheumatic fever by two-thirds to 1.4 cases per 100,000 peo­ple by June 2017 and that good progress was be­ing made.

Win­ning the bat­tle: Hekia Parata re­ports good news on the fight against rheumatic fever.

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