Beware of diseases, 100 days after Winston

SHELTER and spread of diseases are just some issues that need to be attended to 100 days after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This was highlighted by Fiji Red Cross Society director general of Fiji Filipe Nainoca in a press release statement marking the 100th day after Severe TC Winston laid waste to some parts of Fiji.

“People who’ve lost their homes are still in tents or temporary shelters,” Mr Nainoca said.

“The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society is supporting the Fiji Red Cross recovery plan, which will focus on shelter, water and sanitation, health education and disease prevention.

“Support to livelihoods and projects focused on community preparedness and disaster risk reduction.

“A total of 32,200 houses were damaged or destroyed by the cyclone. The Government has launched a ‘Help for Homes’ scheme to help people buy building materials.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is collating figures on cases of typhoid, Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya and Leptospirosis.

“They are advising people how to avoid the flu and how to keep themselves safe from disease,” he said.

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