23 Sep 2009

Madang food outlets close to prevent spread of cholera in PNG

1:45 pm on 23 September 2009

All fast food outlets in Madang in Papua New Guinea have been shut down as the Province's Cholera Task Force aims to ensure that the disease outbreak in neighbouring Morobe doesn't spread.

The newspaper, The National, reports the closures will be maintained for a week.

The World Health Organisation and the Madang Province Health Division warn the epidemic is likely to spread to Madang because many people travel between the two provinces by road, ship and air.

As of Tuesday, all open air food sales markets are also closed, while the main fresh fish market and the Kranket fried fish market in front of the Madang Resort Hotel have been shut down since Monday.

The sale of all ice block and cold water sales on the streets are also banned with the Madang Urban Authority and police moving around the streets to inform residents.

The Madang Governor Sir Arnold Amet says his government sees the regulations as the best proactive measures to control the spread of the epidemic.