1894 dengue cases in four months

Minister for Health and Medical Services during the clean-up campaign at Waidamudamu settlement in Nakasi. Picture: LUKE NACEI

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services recorded a total of 1894 suspected dengue cases in the first four months of this year.

This was revealed by Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete while officiating at the launch of the Rewa subdivision clean-up campaign at Waidamudamu settlement in Nakasi yesterday.

He said Rewa subdivision had a total of 199 confirmed cases out of which Waidamudamu settlement recorded five positive cases.

Dr Waqainabete reminded those present at the event the burden of dengue and how it has become a major concern for the ministry.

He reiterated that dengue was transmitted from person to person by the bite of an infected mosquito and took between three to 10 days before symptoms showed.

“We continue to remind the public that there is no cure or specific treatment for dengue fever,” he said.

Dr Waqainabete said the transmission of dengue could be stopped and people could break the cycle of mosquito breeding by improving and maintaining the cleanliness of the environment.

“Our health facilities and staff have been working tirelessly for the past four months as we continue to experience the rise in dengue cases. But we remain undaunted and committed in providing essential public health services as this program.”

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