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Space issue

Shayal Devi
Monday, February 24, 2014

SPACE in hospitals in the West is likely to be an issue as more people become infected with dengue, says the commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki.

Cdr Cawaki said he would approach the Health Ministry for statistics on areas where the cases originated from.

"Once we know where they come from, it will be possible for us to physically visit and organise teams to clean up those areas," he said.

He said most of the beds at the Lautoka and Nadi hospitals had been filled up and they had set up tents outside the hospital to cater for patients who arrived for medical care.

"We have put up tents outside so that we can have space inside for extra beds and extra space for people to have drips and other health processes," he said in an interview.

"Space will be an issue but we are doing both preventative and curative measures at this point in time.

"Because today is a Sunday and the outpatient was closed, we could see people condensing outside the hospitals in Nadi and Lautoka but we will do another round tomorrow as the disease is still around.

"The curing of dengue positive patients will take some time. As a result, our taskforce and district officials in the different parts of the West are concentrating more on the preventative measures."

Cdr Cawaki also said they expected more people to arrive in hospitals today.

The taskforce consisting of officials from the district and provincial offices came into effect last week and so far Cdr Cawaki said they had made progress.

"We have tried to do a lot in terms of preventative measures but the onus is on our health people for the curative measures.

"Now our taskforce and the rest of the team are together. We have to catch up a lot on the details of the dengue outbreak and now we are on track."

Cdr Cawaki said they agreed with the World Health Organization on the rapid increase in the number of dengue cases in the country.

"We are urging people to come in and seek medical attention if they have any symptoms of dengue fever.

"People are also advised to clean compounds and take a co-ordinated approach towards eradicating dengue."

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