Tag Archives: Fiji

Typhoid outbreaks in the Philippines and Fiji

Philippines – Typhoid outbreak declared in remote Sarangani village

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A typhoid outbreak has been declared in four remote sitios (sub-villages) of Barangay (village) Datal Anggas in Alabel town, Doctor Honorato Fabio, Alabel municipal health officer, told reporters that the Department of Health through the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila that four out of the five samples sent out for laboratory testing turned out positive for typhoid.

He said that to date, 21 suspected cases of typhoid have been monitored in sitios Salimama, Ihan, Glamang and Sangkoya.

Datal Anggas is the farthest barangay of Alabel and can only be reached via a three-hour uphill travel travel on four-wheel drive vehicle.

Most of the residents, he said, belonged to the B’laan tribe. Fabio said a medical team had been dispatched to contain the spread of the disease in the area.

He said residents were also asked to strictly observe personal hygiene and sanitation in their surroundings. They were also told to boil their drinking water before taking it in, he said. SOURCE

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Fiji – Typhoid cases increase – February 26, 2010

Another 50 new cases of typhoid has been recorded in the country ever since the Ministry of Health put out an alert on Tuesday.

This new information has just been released by the National Typhoid Taskforce which just concluded its meeting an hour ago.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Iliesa Tora says the Ministry is now considering procuring typhoid vaccines and are already talking with donors and suppliers.

“Yes we’re looking at bringing in vaccination and we’re talking with our partners, the donor agencies about this but I think the onus is on us the members of the public who need to ensure they have a clean environment and look after themselves well…”

On Tuesday, 33 typhoid cases were recorded in the Central Division, which is the centre of this recent outbreak.

A few other cases from other health facilities around the country was also reported during this week but by today, 92 cases have been confirmed so far. SOURCE

Pacific Partnership Meeting and Sanitation event 10 September 2008

The Pacific Water Association (PWA) and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) are holding the Pacific Water Association Conference in Apia from 9-11 September, 2008 at the Hotel Kitano Samoa.

Besides the Annual General Meeting of PWA, a 3rd Steering Committee Meeting for the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management will be organised as part of the programme on Wednesday, 10 September 2008.

In recognition of the International Year of Sanitation in 2008, special attention will be given to the topic of wastewater management, sanitation and hygiene. Exactly seven years after the adoption of the Pacific Wastewater Policy and Framework for Action in Majuro, Marshall Islands 2001, the meeting will review the projects implemented and identify further priorities for action.

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The earlier part of day, Wednesday 10th September, will be used to review Pacific Partnership arrangements and activities. The second half of the day would be on Sanitation. The session would allow countries to discuss national and regional activities in area of sanitation and wastewater and provide a forum to review actions and pave way forward.

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Programme Day 2 – 10 September, Partnership and Sanitation Meeting

Fiji: New Sanitation Park for school

THE South Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) in collaboration with the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) re-launched the Sanitation Park at the school yesterday. The Sanitation Park housed at FSM was developed to help address local sanitation and hygiene issues.

Fiji School of Medicine, Director Research Dr Graham Roberts said that as a community we would need to deal with our own health sanitation in particular our products and wastes. (…)

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Fiji Islands: Waste Threat Prompts Village Action

Villagers of the small fishing town of Vunisinu, Fiji were at a mad scramble to find out why their catch was diminishing by the day, only to discover that the causes were of their own making. Household wastewater pollution, over-fishing, and mangrove destruction were pushing the sea’s resources to its limits. What prompt actions did Vunisinu residents engineer to stop the destruction of their environment and source of livelihood?

Read more: Asian Development Bank, Jan 2008