3 Mar 2005

Samoan hospital doctor concerned about cyclone-related illness

4:32 pm on 3 March 2005

A medical director in Samoa is advising people to take extra precautions to keep good health, especially during the cyclone season.

Dr Enosi Puni, the medical director of Apia hospital, says doctors have seen more cases of influenza than usual this year, and he blames this on the bad weather.

He says children and young people in particular are more susceptible to get sick.

"There could be some increase in diarrhoea in young people, in children as a result of dirty water, as a result of flooding up in the hills and so forth."

Dr Enosi Puni, Apia Hospital's medical director