Public Health Emergency declared in Ba communities

February 24, 2012 1:33 am

A public health emergency has been declared for two communities in Ba following a typhoid outbreak.

Koroboya village and Naitasiri settlement have been placed under strict conditions by the Health Ministry.

8 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Koroboya and 6 in Naitasiri settlement.

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Deputy Secretary Public Health Dr Joe Koroivueta says there is very good linkage between the cases in the two communities.

The declaration means – there is now a restriction on movement in or out of the village, no visitations allows, victims will be isolated and all mass gatherings of any nature has been banned.

“The ultimate aim of this emergency measure is basically to contain the outbreak and also to prevent ongoing transmission. So – interrupt the transmission, care for those affected and manage the community.”

The public health emergency will run for 30 days.

Meanwhile – the Ministry has also received reports of scavengers digging in dump sites around the Western division after the recent flooding.

There have also been cases of fish poisoning reported.