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Health officers monitor typhoid village

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, December 28, 2012

MEDICAL teams have been deployed to Koroboya Village in Ba to assess the extent of the spread of typhoid.

The village, located in the heart of Ba, was put on a one-month lockdown after five people were found to have been infected with the disease.

Speaking to this newspaper, Ministry of Health deputy permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said three teams had been sent to the village.

Dr Koroivueta said the ministry would be working closely with the Commissioner Western's office to implement preventative measures to ensure that the disease did not spread. Earlier, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki confirmed restrictions were imposed on the village while contingency measures were put in place to contain the disease.

Cdr Cawaki said health teams were accompanied by the roko tui Ba and Tui Ba to the rural community centre and more efforts would be made to ensure that the village employed better sanitary practices. Movement in and out of the village is restricted while those affected have been isolated.