March 25, 2014 02:50:40 PM
Fiji’s consultant for Communicable Diseases Dr Mike Kama says some divisional hospitals in the country have run out of testing kits to know if a patient has dengue fever as the Health Ministry expects numbers to reach up to 24,000 this week.
Dr Kama told Radio Australia they have seen a slight decrease in the numbers based on lab data they have been monitoring since December.
“But we weren’t really sure because we have run out of testing kits in some divisional hospitals,” he said.
With the ministry’s projection for a surge in numbers this week as a result of a new case-count method, Dr Kama says they have intensified efforts to create awareness on the disease and intervention measures in the West and North based on lessons learned from the central division which is also the hardest hit.
By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari