TYPHOID is prevalent in children nowadays, says chief health inspector Unaisi Bera.
While statistics on the disease is yet to be determined by health officials, Mrs Bera told The Fiji Times yesterday that children were vulnerable to typhoid.
"Nowadays, children easily contract typhoid and this is a national concern because it's a deadly disease,"she said.
"Communicable diseases are preventable and the onus in on every individual to practice basic hygiene in order to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
"The Ministry of Health is embarking on prevention control measures and that's why we are collaborating with school students to filter the message of healthy living to grassroots people." Mrs Bera said people needed to change their attitude towards their health in a bid to rid the spread of typhoid.
"We are calling on the public to practice basic hygiene steps like washing hands with soap and water before and after eating, drink safe water and eat healthy foods for the purpose of controlling the spread of typhoid," she said.
Earlier this year, the ministry recorded six cases of typhoid among students in Bua.