Home » Uncategorized » The Health Ministry finally admits the dengue fever is an outbreak but refuses to call it an epidemic. Cases have now exceeded 4600. One in 175 people have contracted dengue in the last year. Media Outlets blocked from reporting more than the minimums so as not to scare away the tourists.

The Health Ministry finally admits the dengue fever is an outbreak but refuses to call it an epidemic. Cases have now exceeded 4600. One in 175 people have contracted dengue in the last year. Media Outlets blocked from reporting more than the minimums so as not to scare away the tourists.

State cuts leave

Nasik Swami Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WITH the country going through a dengue fever outbreak, the Health Ministry has cancelled leave dates for all doctors in the Central and Western divisions.

In an interview last night, Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns said the decision was necessary citing patient care was paramount.

“All leave have been cancelled and we now have more doctors rostered at the health centres to care for patients,” Ms Smith-Johns said.

“Yes. People are sick. There are doctors that have been rostered on to cope, and approved doctors are going to different places where there are more cases.”

She said the government had done as much as it could to contain the outbreak.

“We are still doing as much as we can but it gets to a point where the government and citizens need to work together.

“The government has been proactive in its approach to dengue.”

And with a total of 4600 positive dengue fever cases, Ms Smith-Johns said the number had slightly decreased by about 350 cases.

“So we know that there has been a slight downturn in the numbers that have just come in. That’s encouraging but it’s not to say that people may be sick and they may not be tested.”

She said the government had a proactive approach by advising people on what they should do such as cleaning their yards, making sure they had mosquito coils burning and using mosquito repellents when going out.

“People need to start taking note of the warning and they need to work with the government and to try and stop the spread of dengue, that’s the bottom line.”

Ms Smith-Johns said while hospitals were getting full, the outbreak had certainly put pressure on health centres but proactive measures were in place to ensure efficient patient care.

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Reports of a dengue fever epidemic in Fiji cannot be confirmed or denied because of the country’s media restrictions.

 Is there a dengue fever epidemic in Fiji? (Credit:  ABC)

There have been suggestions on social media that many people are seeking treatment for dengue fever, but the media cannot report on the issue unless the Ministry of Health officially makes a statement about it, which so far it has not. Radio Australia has made strenuous, repeated efforts over two weeks to find out if there is a dengue outbreak in Fiji, and if so how big it is, but both the Minister and Secretary of Health have not responded to requests for information.

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25 thoughts on “The Health Ministry finally admits the dengue fever is an outbreak but refuses to call it an epidemic. Cases have now exceeded 4600. One in 175 people have contracted dengue in the last year. Media Outlets blocked from reporting more than the minimums so as not to scare away the tourists.

  1. The idiots from Australia and New Zealand who feel that they get such a good holiday deal in Fiji deserve to catch dengue.

  2. The health system is the worst in Fiji.

    938 amputation for diabetics is an alarming figure.
    This indicates the quality of health system now in Fiji.
    Most of the above could have been treated.
    It is sad what the Fijians are going through.

    The P.S. earns $260,000 per annum.
    His salary is $10,000 per month.
    He must be sacked for non performance.

    The hospitals have no experienced doctors.
    Shortage of medicine and public have to wait for hours before they are seen by a doctor.

  3. Medical ( MBBS) and dental degree is easily obtained in Fiji.

    Pay money at Fiji School Medicine or University of Fiji and get a degree in 5 years.

    The quality of graduates coming out is a joke as the Universities are only in the business of making money.

  4. I hope this dengue outbreak will not be reason for cancelling the elections…oops, I shouldn’t have said that, Bai and Khai might just take the hint…lol

  5. I think a diarrhoea outbreak would be a more fitting reason for calling the elections off in Fiji.
    the waste matter being emptied from the mouths of some people in power is just TOO MUCH .

  6. Just think, if just half of the hours spent in church were instead spent at home cleaning the pigsty’s so many live in it may never have been an epidemic.

  7. Hope Bai and Khayium get dengue and die.

    Bastards earn over $1.3 million in salary and people of Fiji cannot get good health care.

  8. I have worked with Eloni Tora the permanant secretary for Health.

    He is a racist and knows nothing.

    He removal is imminent!

  9. SHOCKED TO HEAR THE PERMANENT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH IS EARNING $260,000.

    WHAT ABOUT DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO ARE ACTUALLY WORKING HARD!

  10. doctors and nurses will not be campaigning for Bainimarama gang (well most won’t because they are aware of the shit that’s been happening under Bai-Kai’s watch)
    most overpaid under worked permanent secretaries will campaign for Bai
    because their job depends on Bai staying in power

  11. It makes one wonder why there are such high numbers of infections of dengue fever across Fiji considering its common knowledge immediately after heavy rain or cyclone all stagnant water which are breeding grounds for “yellow fever mosquito” must be located and destroyed.

    That be the case what are parents doing doing to contain such virus from spreading?

    One cannot place blame one the most honourable government.

    I suppose like most who participate in this blog are to busy whacking each others cici.

  12. Frank is too busy trying to buy votes to spend any money on real government.

    Why anyone would possibly vote for more of this clown-act I don’t know – they are not leaders, just lying parasites.

  13. Sunshine.

    “they are not leaders, just lying parasites”

    lets take a look at the former, one thing for certain while you pass disparaging remarks against our most esteem leader, you certainly not making an effort of contesting the election.

    Now the latter. what can one say except you are no better than the very people you malign.

  14. We all need to work together on this killer dengue , health workers are only at the receiving end. the people must do their part by working hard and smart at home in cleaning the compound and pot plants inside homes.

    Where did the dengue-carrying mosquitoes come from initially before entering our airspace ?? the boarder control agency must be on guard at the ports of entries.

    Can the health minister provide the basic response procedure in newspapers so the sick can follow instead of clogging up the health centres andhospitals

    Thank you all to the stakeholders for fighting this epidemic

  15. @ nagatalevu

    Where did the dengue-carrying mosquitoes come from initially before entering our airspace ??

    I think you will find the biggest blood-suckers are hanging out up in the QEB.

  16. the bottom line for the people of Fiji is how has Ms Sharon Smith Jones become the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Information?

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