With the recent spate of bad weather conditions, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is on alert and already taking steps to prevent the outbreak of any potential diseases.
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says the health officials have already started to move out in the communities to assess the situation.
“We have been very fortunate that the weather conditions is not as bad as we expected. However with the heavy downpour and people taking shelter at the evacuation centers, there are always possibilities of disease outbreaks. So our focus is on public health,” Dr. Waqainabete said.
The health officials are making regular visits to the evacuation centers as well and giving out wash kits to evacuees.
“These are kits that have water purity tablets, soap and sanitation kit for women. We are also ensuring that there is no overcrowding, inspecting the facilities and places where food materials are kept and cooked,” Minister Waqainabete said.
“Our teams also go out to the communities to see where the evacuees came from and to ensure those places are habitable and are not prone to disease outbreak. Once we get them back to community, we will then go right across the country to ensure we look after the public health aspects.”
The Health Ministry is strongly advising people to boil drinking water, practice good hygiene habits and ensure their homes, compounds and surroundings are clean.
“We will continue to strengthen our public health capability. There is always a possibility of disease outbreak, so we will be visiting villages, places, inspecting the environment and providing the right advice to people. Prevention is better than cure,” Dr. Waqainbete said.