PM: Take warnings seriously

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the new Nabua community hall in Suva yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the new Nabua community hall in Suva yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

DO not take health advisories on the killer meningococcal disease outbreak lightly.

That’s the warning from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as he reiterated the need for Fijians to take the warnings seriously.

Speaking to residents of Nabua in Suva during a talanoa session yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said villages and communities in Fiji needed to ensure that clean-up for the meningococcal outbreak should be done 10 times more than the clean-up carried out around the country for the recent outbreak of dengue fever.

“This disease has no cure. If the disease is there, it will quickly spread through the saliva. When I spoke about it in Navosa yesterday (Wednesday), many took it as a joke when I said there should not be any unnecessary exchange of saliva with another person,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Many of you will take this lightly, but I ask you not to take it lightly. I ask you to practise good hygiene and ensure that you wash your hands frequently, especially the children before they eat.”

He has also advised people who were sick to also take precautionary measures while coughing and sneezing.

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