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Dengue figures rise

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE dengue epidemic is expected to ease between June and July when the country enters the cold season, a doctor has revealed.

Dr Mike Kama, the Ministry of Health's national adviser on communicable diseases, told a general practitioners seminar in Suva yesterday there were 6659 suspected dengue fever cases as of February 16, of which 2589 cases were positive.

The Central Division tops the list with 2112 cases with the highest attack rate in Samabula, Suva, where 309 cases have been tested positive.

The Western Division recorded 355 confirmed cases while the Northern Division recorded 121 cases.

The Eastern Division had the lowest number of cases of only four and these were recorded on Kadavu.

"This data is from all government health facilities and are all tested laboratory cases," Dr Kama told the seminar.

"Last week alone, 1200 cases were recorded."

The Suva sub-division tops cases in the Central Division with 1663 confirmed cases with Rewa having 352 and Tailevu having 52 cases.

The Lautoka/ Yasawa sub-division recorded 208 confirmed cases while Nadi recorded 109 and Nadroga/ Navosa 28 cases. Ra Province recorded three cases only.

Macuata/Labasa has recorded 95 positive cases while Cakaudrove had 21 and Taveuni recorded five cases only.

Dr Kama released the statistics to the general practitioners at yesterday's seminar.

Dr Isoa Bakani, a private practitioner, said the number of cases was quite frightening.

"These figures are just public hospital figures and there are none from the private practices," he said.

"We need to be realistic and provide figures from private practitioners as well to the public.

"It's never been like this before and the problem is there are no preventative measures — the hospitals are just here to collect figures.

"They should focus a lot on what they can do to protect people."

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