No dengue outbreak but Health ministry worried about Northern Division

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Although there has not been an outbreak of dengue fever in the country, Ministry of Health and Medical Services is worried about the Northern Division, Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said last week.

“The Northern Division had the most rain and now that the water is becoming more stagnant, this is the time when we expect to see something (cases) coming up slowly especially in the North,” he said.

He said it was pleasing to note that despite the heavy rain in the Western Division, there had not been an outbreak of dengue fever.

“Doctors from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM), Lautoka Hospital and other main hospitals had teamed up with doctors in the public health to carry out big campaigns against dengue fever, right in the interiors of the country.”

He said this was done specifically to mobilise community support and to also mobilise equipment to empty out any still water in the places of high risk.

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