COMMUNICABLE diseases (CD) are prevalent in people among the ages of 10 to 29 years.
This was revealed by chief health inspector Unaisi Bera to about 200 students at the launch of the Communicable Diseases Week in Labasa yesterday.
Mrs Bera said while health officials were still trying to determine the reason for such prevalences, they had included school students to help them in their fight against CDs.
"The Health Ministry firmly believes that children and students of today are the instruments of change and they are the ones that can disseminate information on such diseases to their peers, relatives and family members," Mrs Bera said.
"Health statistics reveals that diseases like leptospirosis, typhoid and dengue fever are common in people among the ages of 10 to 29 years and with the ongoing awareness programs, we hope to find out why the diseases are prevalent among this age group."
Divisional health inspector northern Rakesh Kumar said they had yet to receive cases of such diseases this year.
"Only six typhoid cases were reported from Bua early this year but for now, we have well controlled the disease," he said.