AUSTRALIAN HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO BOOST FIJI?S DENGUE RESPONSE

Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma receives donation from ?Australian ?High Commission Acting Head of Mission Mr Glenn Miles.

A donation of $1.25 million by the Australian Government will boost the efforts of the Fijian Government as it continues to address dengue fever cases in the country.

Fiji?s Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said this timely assistance will now be channelled through the Fiji Health Sector Program which is an Australian-funded program.

?The Ministry of Health will focus on dengue prevention and control through heightened communication and advocacy to the public, advocacy on the clean-up campaigns, source reduction of mosquito breeding sites, focus on good clinical management of patients and provision of adequate resources, supplies and consumables,? Dr Sharma said.

He said the ministry has devised a response plan which will focus on strengthening dengue surveillance, dengue clinical management, dengue laboratory reporting and management, strengthen public health response, coordination and logistics for outbreak and improve communication.

He added the ministry has prepared a response plan which will focus on strengthening dengue surveillance, dengue clinical management, dengue laboratory reporting and management, strengthen public health response, coordination and logistics for outbreak and improve communication.

Today?s donation saw Minister Sharma receive the financial assistance from the Australian Acting Head of Mission, Mr Glenn Miles who also presented this on behalf of the Australian Government.

Meanwhile the latest statistics on dengue recorded a total of 15,446 clinically suspected cases with most cases in the Central division and an increase in the Western division.

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