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Boost in dengue aid

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE Australian Government has committed $170,000 to help Fiji battle the dengue fever outbreak.

Australian High Commission spokesman Dennis Rounds said their assistance was provided in response to a request from the Health Ministry.

"These funds will assist with the purchase of vital consumables needed to treat dengue patients." Mr Rounds said.

"This will also contribute to a public health campaign which is currently underway to raise public awareness of dengue fever, its prevention and treatment.

"The Australian Government is providing this assistance through its health program, the Fiji Health Sector Support Program."

Last week the Secretariat of the Pacific Community announced it has purchased insecticides to carry out mosquito control intervention for the next three months.

"This financial support from SPC is an unusual response related to the specific nature of the worsening dengue epidemic in Fiji and the type of request that was placed to us by the Fiji Ministry of Health,' said Dr Yvan Souarès, deputy director of SPC's Public Health Division.

Meanwhile, the ministry has recorded 6659 suspected dengue fever cases as of February 16. Of these, 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 has the lowest number of cases of only four and these were recorded on Kadavu.

"Last week alone, 1200 cases were recorded," said Dr Mike Kama at a general practitioners seminar last weekend.

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