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Ministry reviews death stats

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE Ministry of Health is reviewing statistics on deaths due to dengue, national communicable disease adviser Dr Mike Kama confirmed yesterday.

He was responding to queries about the authenticity of death reports received from members of the public.

Dr Kama said the Ministry of Health noticed there were issues regarding the updating of information received from the different centres in the country.

"We are doing a review on the mortality rates from dengue and this is because we've noticed that the numbers are not coming in on time," he said.

"We have yet to verify or confirm deaths that are coming in from the public and even from the media but we can assure people that we will do a review on the mortality rate. It's the deaths that we want to update because when the numbers come in at the national level, some of the cases on the deaths are a bit delayed.

"We want to be sure of the numbers of suspected cases, confirmed cases and even deaths before we can release them through the Ministry of Information."

Dr Kama said the ministry was not hiding any information from the public regarding the dengue outbreak.

"We don't want to withhold any information from the public. We want to ensure that the figures are correct and we will release them. We want to engage the public and to keep them informed so that they can take action."

So far, the Central Division tops the list with 2112 confirmed cases. The Western Division recorded 355 confirmed cases while the Northern Division recorded 121 cases.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has clarified reports on a suspected dengue case in Ra where a diver from Malake was found to have died from dengue haemorrhage.

WHO senior health adviser at the South Pacific in Suva, Jane Wallace said dengue fever and dengue haemorrhage fever (also called severe dengue fever) are both manifestations of the same disease.

"In some cases, uncomplicated dengue progresses to a more severe or haemorrhagic form of dengue," she said.

"In rare cases, this can be fatal."

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