Fiji Time: 7:00 PM on Sunday 25 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Fiji ahead of target

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

MINISTER for Health Dr Neil Sharma says a national survey on lymphatic filariasis in 2007 indicates that Fiji had a prevalence rate of 9.6 per cent compared with the baseline rate of 16.9 per cent registered in 2001.

Dr Sharma said the Ministry of Health had done an exemplary job in the control of lymphatic filariasis, adding that Fiji was on target to eliminate the disease ahead of the global target date of 2020.

In launching the World Health Day celebration in Naulu on Monday, Dr Sharma said with support from the World Health Organization, the ministry's intensive mass drug administration against lymphatic filariasis campaign in the past six years had presumably reduced the rates even further in high risk localities around the country.

"When it becomes available, the results of the lymphatic filariasis prevalence survey conducted last year in the northern, eastern and central health divisions will enlighten us of the status of lymphatic filariasis in Fiji," he said.

World Health Organization director Pacific technical support and representative Dr Yunguo Liu said lymphatic filariasis was the other indigenously transmitted vector-borne disease in Fiji.

Dr Liu said lymphatic filariasis was endemic in 73 countries globally, which included 22 countries across Asia and the Pacific, of which 15 were Pacific Island countries.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64830.6293
JPY 55.152652.1526
GBP 0.38480.3768
EUR 0.43900.4270
NZD 0.68110.6481
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.49180.4748

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, June, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Kolinisau's plan
  2. Flying finish!
  3. Skipper selection
  4. Former reps recognised
  5. MP: Lack of quality graduates a worry
  6. Kepa urges civil servants to voice their concerns
  7. MP assures public not to worry
  8. Fijians set for Tonga, Samoa
  9. $5m housing project for 1330 people
  10. Kwadjo in hospital, police looks for driver

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radio host cleared of rape Tuesday (20 Jun)
  2. Pastor denies claims Thursday (22 Jun)
  3. 4 dead Thursday (22 Jun)
  4. Electricity bills worry customers Monday (19 Jun)
  5. No terror link Tuesday (20 Jun)
  6. Media boss in road accident inquiry Thursday (22 Jun)
  7. Under scrutiny Wednesday (21 Jun)
  8. Umarji walks free Friday (23 Jun)
  9. Villagers raise funds for store Monday (19 Jun)
  10. Life on a cane farm Tuesday (20 Jun)