PM urges alertness

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama after the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Navosa Hospital yesterday. Picture: BAJEET SINGH

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama after the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Navosa Hospital yesterday. Picture: BAJEET SINGH

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has stressed on the call by the Ministry of Health for the public to take extra care in preventing the spread of meningococcal disease which has already claimed 12 lives.

“I want to personally stress the current importance of all Fijians checking themselves for signs of meningococcal disease, as it was announced just yesterday (Tuesday) that Fiji is experiencing a new outbreak that has a high fatality rate,” he said in Navosa yesterday.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has already set up a taskforce to help strengthen early detection and treatment, but above all, we need the buy-in of our citizens.

“The disease is life-threatening, but it can be treated if detected early, and prevented altogether by avoiding coming into contact with saliva of an affected person.

“Please, my fellow Fijians, take careful steps to avoid coming into contact with the disease.”