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Village on hygiene alert

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, January 07, 2013

NAVALA villagers in Ba were visited by government officials and the roko tui Ba on Friday in an attempt to curb the spread of communicable diseases in the area.

Confirming the visit, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said the stopover was to impress on the villagers the need to adopt hygienic practices that would prevent the spread of diseases like typhoid.

Navala was found with three confirmed cases of typhoid last month and was placed under a strict monitoring regime following the discovery by Ministry of Health officials.

Cdr Cawaki said the village had two weeks to maintain its village hygiene.

"The main issue we found at the village was its unhygienic environment. That is one thing that we have been addressing with the villagers," Cdr Cawaki said.

"Within this period of time that they have left, we want to make sure they clean their village so that we prevent this from happening again."

Another village, that has been locked out from civilisation is Koroboya Village located in the highlands of Ba.

Cdr Cawaki said the situation at the village had improved significantly.

He said people were beginning to adhere to the advice of health officials.