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Seek treatment, warn hepatitis A patients

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TWO hepatitis patients in Nukuloa, Ba, say people experiencing body pains and fever should immediately seek medical attention.

In an interview with this newspaper, Urmilla Devi, 58, said she had sought a diagnosis for her condition for more than a month.

"I visited health centres and the hospital twice a week but I continued to suffer from body pains," Mrs Devi said.

Mrs Devi said she eventually decided to fork out $75 to be seen by a private doctor in Ba.

"This doctor advised me to have blood test. For the past three weeks I have been running around trying to be cured.

"After the blood test I was admitted to the hospital where I was told that I was infected with hepatitis A.

"Even now after being discharged from hospital, I feel tired at times."

Salesh Lata, 52, shared similar experiences.

"This sickness is weird because after being discharged from hospital I still experience body pains," she said.

"I have lost weight and I am concerned about my health."

Ba advisory council chairman Viam Pillay said he had told residents to take heed of all health and safety advice provided by medical professionals.