14 Feb 2007

Fiji campaign to prevent disease after flooding

4:24 pm on 14 February 2007

Health authorities in Fiji are working overtime to try and prevent or contain outbreaks of disease after recent floods on the two main islands.

People in the west of Viti Levu and in Vanua Levu have been advised to wear boots if they walk out into stagnant waters and to boil all drinking water.

Authorities fear the spread of potentially fatal diseases like leptospirosis and typhoid.

The media liaison officer for the Ministry of Health, Iliesa Tora, says it's on the lookout for any cases.

"There have been reports of diarrhoea in the north, not serious cases just minor cases and our health people up there in the different nursing stations, in the health centres and the hospitals have been able to contain that so far."

Iliesa Tora