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Minister urges Fijians with flu to seek medical attention

April 18, 2019 9:50 am

Many Fijians are still suffering from the Acute Febrile Flu which saw an increase in patient numbers at various health centers and hospitals.

Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says the flu is thought to be related to climate change and usually lasts longer than usual flu season.

Dr Waqainabete says other countries are also struggling with the flu but it’s important that those who contract it – get enough rest, eat right and hydrate.

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He says some symptoms of the flu includes headaches, dizziness, sweats, chills, muscle pain, joint pain, and weakness.

“As you understand the seasonal flu normally comes in within three months and it goes away. There’s been a very protracted flu right around the world. The flu has actually been quite long and looking at some data from around the world – in Australia at the moment they still having the flu. Parts of America are still having the flu and parts of Europe are struggling with the flu – including Asian-Pacific countries. So we’re no different from what’s happening around the world.”

The Minister says it’s also important for people who are sick to visit their nearest health facility and see a doctor.

The Ministry is urging those visiting hospitals to be patient as health officials will attend to serious emergencies first.

 

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