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Ministry opens new lab

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

THE HEALTH Ministry now looks forward to reducing Soil Transmitted Helminthes infections around the country.

This followed the launch of the Project for Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis Control in Fiji by the Health Ministry and the Korea Embassy at Mataika House in Tamavua, Suva yesterday.

Acting national adviser communicable diseases Dr Mike Kama said studies and previous surveys had proven that soil transmitted helminthiasis elements imposed a big burden on Fiji, especially in the 1990s and the mid 2000s.

"This collaborative effort we have with the Seoul National University will enable us to get a fair idea of whether the existence of hookworms and other related elements that cause illnesses in Fiji have declined," Dr Kama said.