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Our work remains in full gear after TC Mona: Dr Waqainabete

January 9, 2019 12:45 pm
Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete

The Health Ministry’s assessment and inspections remain in full gear following Tropical Cyclone Mona.

Minister responsible Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says the ministry is now looking into two main areas of health emergencies.

Dr. Waqainabete says all evacuees were given clearance yesterday to return home as health officials have indicated it was safe and there was no major impact.

“Number one is the trauma that happens with the disaster so people might break their legs or hands. They get major injuries but we’re quite fortunate that none of that happened. But the one after that is the most difficult one, which is what we’re facing now is the public health component. We’re dealing with that at the moment in terms of preventing any infectious diseases.”

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Office confirms that all evacuation centres have been cleaned and deactivated.

Leweniqila says there was minimal damage reported but the Northern Commissioner is looking at the extent of damage in the agriculture sector.

As of yesterday, all emergency operators have been stood down and NDMO will operate as normal and monitor the situation on the ground.