Health Ministry runs out of money to tackle dengue cases
Taken from/By: FBC News Report by: Shireen Lata
The increasing number of dengue cases around the country is beginning to put a lot of strain on resources and manpower at health facilities.
Health Minister – Dr Neil Sharma says they’ve spent a lot of money treating dengue cases and are now looking for assistance from donor agencies to tackle the biggest dengue outbreak in Fiji’s history.
The number of dengue cases in Fiji have skyrocketed to our highest levels ever… 2137 confirmed cases, in just four months.
We are seeking assistance from international organizations and our professional international donor agencies to ensure that the hospital has enough medicines, fluids, giving sets. The epidemic may last for a while depending on temperature changes, weather changes, and climatic changes and then there will be a change.
The Ministry is urging the public to take steps such as wearing repellent to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses.
It’s also intensifying all areas of support and awareness to inform the public on how best to avoid dengue fever.
You as individuals collectively in your community need to clear your compound of stagnant water. Mosquitoes which carry the dengue virus lives around people. These mosquitoes bites during the day and it spreads the virus from person to person, so if primary hygiene is maintained, cleanliness is maintained , we will be able to control it.
Three people have lost their lives due to dengue.
The Health Ministry is once again requesting people to be responsible and careful in order to avoid becoming a dengue statistic.