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Refrain from scavenging: Health Ministry

December 23, 2012 6:03 pm

The Health Ministry has issued an advisory to those in cyclone ravaged areas to refrain from scavenging food from rubbish sites.

Deputy Secretary Dr Joe Koroivueta says this is a trend of the past that needs to stop now.

“I would like to ask the public to stop doing that (scavenging food) as it will put their life in danger. We have experienced this in the past where people have been admitted in the hospital basically because they have been eating food that has been demolished by our people (Health Ministry) as it piles up in the dump sites.”

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Dr Koroivueta says if this trend of scavenging continues, it could prove to be fatal.

“We’ve also received reports of food poisoning from eating poorly cooled foods, refrigerated food items and even poorly refrigerated fish as well resulting in poisoning, causing admission and even death.”

The Ministry continues to monitor affected areas.

Meanwhile, residents in the Central Division can be rest assured that all frozen foods have been given the green light and are safe for consumption.

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