31 Dec 2002

Fears of spread of diseases in Solomon Islands cyclone stricken areas

4:29 pm on 31 December 2002

Fearing an outbreak of diseases in cyclone stricken areas, the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is calling on people in the Temotu province to take health precautions.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the Office's Director, Loti Yates warning residents on Tikopia and Anuta islands to be careful of diseases such as red-eye, diarrhoea and vomitting.

He says that people should be careful about disposing waste and to boil water before drinking.

Disaster officials are concerned about the 3-thousand Tikopia and Anuta residents because of the failure in establishing communication links to the islands.

Meanwhile, Australia has offered financial help to the Disaster management office.

Australia has offered to pay the fuel for the police patrol boat, Lata, which will carry an assessment team to the Temotu province tomorrow.

The Disaster Management Office has also confirmed that it will recieve assistance from World Vision International, Red Cross and Oxfam.