September 7, 2008

No Dengue Reports in Northern, Eastern Fiji

Text of report by privately-owned owned national daily newspaper Fiji Sun website on 7 September

The Ministry of Health has not received any reports of dengue fever cases from the Northern and Eastern divisions. This was confirmed by Director of Preventive Health Services Dr Losevata Alefaio yesterday.

"There have been no reports of dengue fever cases from the Eastern and Northern divisions yet," he said. "In the Central Division there were 11 cases, though not all health facilities have reported to the ministry."

Sub-Divisional Medical Officer Northern Dr Mohammed Ishaque said they had not received any cases of dengue fever so far.

"We have been running an awareness campaign since the beginning of this year when we discovered that a few patients had typhoid. The awareness campaign included communities and different villages in the north to clean up their compound and destroy any possible mosquito breeding places," Dr Ishaque said.

He said people in the North were fortunate as they did not receive any reports of dengue; however they had dealt with the normal viral infections such as flu and cough.

"The clean- up campaign included everyone in the community to clear out any rubbish in their compound and clean areas which had old containers lying around the yard."

Originally published by Fiji Sun website, Suva, in English 7 Sep 08.

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