‘Protect your health’

Meningococcal disease as explained by the World Health Organisation. Picture: WHO

Meningococcal disease as explained by the World Health Organisation. Picture: WHO

MEMBERS of the public have been advised to be cautious about their health during this festive season.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete made this comment after confirmation that the meningococcal disease, which was declared an outbreak in March, had started to ease off.

Eleven lives were lost between last year and this year from the deadly disease, while 46 cases were recorded by the Health Ministry between January 1 and April 12.

Dr Waqainabete said with the festive season here, it was vital that Fijians took precautionary measures to protect their health.

“There was one (outbreak), but it’s beginning to ease off now,” he said.

“Certainly we just have to be wary because we live in a tropical climate and this communicable disease is quite common. We are heading towards the end of the year and a few factors will come into play; the weather, the environment and also the way that we live our lives.

“We need to be careful especially as we head towards the festive season.

“My advice is being cautious, being careful, being watchful about what we eat and what we drink.

“When there is somebody or someone in the family who is untoward, who is not looking well or feeling well, then that person should be brought to the hospital and be looked at as soon as possible,” Dr Waqainabete said.

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