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Worrying trend

Ropate Valemei
Sunday, October 14, 2012

THE Ministry of Health has identified four diseases of high incidence in Fiji which they described as worrying.

Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma says scabies, trachoma virus, filariasis and dengue fever are on the increase in Fiji.

Dr Sharma said the trachoma virus was prevalent in all age groups.

"In some countries, they call it blindness which is rapidly increasing in Fiji," Dr Sharma said.

"We are trying to establish the incidence of trachoma so we can wipe it out before it becomes a problem," he said.

Dr Sharma said scabies was another area they needed to look at, adding, they had started their research and analysis on trachoma and were addressing the issue of filariasis and dengue fever.

"We also have a high incidence of rheumatic heart disease and dental problems in children."

Dr Sharma said this was a serious concern and they were addressing the issues to the grass root level.