3 Aug 2010

Health officials being brought to Fiji to assess typhoid campaign

7:09 pm on 3 August 2010

International health experts will travel to Fiji next week following a typhoid vaccination campaign in the Northern division.

The vaccination programme followed a typhoid outbreak in Navosa province in June, and targetted everyone in the affected area over 2 years of age.

The National advisor on Family Health, Dr Josaia Samuela, says there have only been a few cases of typhoid reported since the campaign started.

But Dr Samuela says the Health Ministry needs input from overseas health officials to make sure they're doing all they can to prevent another outbreak.

"Next week there'll be an expert consultation here in Suva, with a lot of experts coming from Australia, New Zealand, US, South-East Asia, on putting together ideas on how best to control typhoid in Fiji. Vaccination will be a main topic of discussion, but we are also looking at other interventions."

Dr Josaia Samuela says these could include improving water sanitation and education about hygiene practices.