Typhoid fever cases recorded in Naitasiri and Navosa

Boil your drinking water for at least one minute to make sure it is free from bacteria. Picture: FILE

FIJI’S Ministry of Health and Medical Services has revealed that there have been typhoid fever cases recorded in the villages of Nabaitavo, Waisasavua and Uluiravo settlement in Naitasiri.

It has been confirmed that this also includes Naveyago Village in Navosa.
A Government statement issued last Friday stated there had been 14 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases in Naitasiri villages from August 1, 2018, to date.

And in Navosa, there has been four confirmed and one suspected case from September 5 to date.

The Government said no deaths had been reported from either Naitasiri or Navosa.
The Health ministry has provided appropriate interventions to address and prevent typhoid cases.

In Navosa, the Subdivisional Response Team from the ministry has been mobilised to Naveyago Village where they have conducted response activities, including site inspections, sampling, awareness, and screening for suspected cases.
“The teams have also distributed water purification kits and installed additional water tanks for each household and families in the affected communities. They have also been educated on safe food preparation, food handling and proper hygiene practises,” the statement said.

“The team continues to visit the community regularly to monitor the cases and advise the communities on appropriate actions to be taken.”
Similarly in Naitasiri, the Subdivisional Response Team has conducted site inspections, collected samples and held awareness programs in the communities affected.

The Water Authority of Fiji is supplying water to affected areas and communities have been advised on maintaining proper hygienic practices when using toilets and during food preparation.

The team has also asked for assistance from the provincial councils in terms of requesting a limit to mass gatherings.

The ministry has strongly urged members of the general public to postpone non-essential travel to the affected areas.

If you are living in an affected area, please be aware of the signs and symptoms of typhoid fever, and get immediate medical attention if they are present. These include:

· Constant fever (up to 40°C)
· Weakness
· General discomfort (malaise)
· Stomach pain
· Diarrhoea
· Headache
· Loss of appetite
· Persistent cough
· Some patients develop a rash of flat, rose-coloured spots

Prevent the spread of typhoid fever with these simple steps:

1. Boil your drinking water for at least one minute to make sure it is free from bacteria. Avoid ice or cool pops that might be made with contaminated water;
2. Always wash your hands well and with soap and clean water after using the toilet, including after changing babies’ nappies, and before preparing or handling food;
3. Peel your fruits and vegetables and avoid those that can’t be peeled or are hard to wash e.gl Leafy greens such as lettuce;
4. Ensure your food has been well cooked;
5. Cover your food to protect from flies;
6. Wash dishes properly, with soap.

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