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Call to prevent typhoid

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WASH hands with soap and water every time, before preparing meals and after using the toilet.

This is the message from the Health Ministry following an increase in suspected typhoid cases reported at medical centres.

National adviser communicable disease Dr Mike Kama said people also needed to wash hands if they were mixing yaqona during mass gatherings.

"Never use a river as a toilet also, clean and sanitary flush toilets. Boil drinking water if untreated," Dr Kama said.

"Maintain clean surroundings and dispose rubbish properly. If people are suffering from fever for three days or more and if associated with diarrhoea, constipation, body pain and poor appetite go to the nearest health centre for further investigation and treatment."

He said people should not farm above their water source and keep animals properly fenced, away from water sources or rivers.

"Limit people's movement especially when they are sick.

"They need to rest and take their medications at home until they fully recover."

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