THERE is an increase in the number of people suffering from various forms of skin diseases in Fiji.
And the Ministry of Health has called on members of the public to take extra care of their personal hygiene.
The ministry deputy secretary for Hospital Services Doctor Metuisela Tuicakau confirmed the PJ Towmey Hospital in Tamavua — the only hospital providing specialised treatment for skin diseases — has been inundated with patients.
"Doctors here at the hospital see more than 2000 patients per month presenting themselves with various forms of skin diseases," Dr Tuicakau said.
He said skin diseases on the rise were fungal infections, bacterial infections, dermatitis and Eczema.
"The skin diseases are not only affecting children but adults as well but more are commonly found in children from one week old to two weeks," Dr Tuicakau said.
He said the risk factor of the increase in skin disease was that it could severely affect people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Dr Tuicakau said the quickest and safest care for skin disease was observing proper hygiene.
"People are advised to use soap and water to wash their skin," he said.
Dr Tuicakau said with Fiji currently experiencing hot weather conditions, people were advised to wear clothes that kept heir body cool.
He said it was also important to take care of one's diet and advised people to consume a lot of vegetables.
"If the sickness is getting worse and cannot be contained at home then those affected should immediately seek medical assistance," Dr Tuicakau said.