7 Apr 2011

Quick response contains Bougainville cholera outbreak

3:17 pm on 7 April 2011

An NGO in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says prompt action by health authorities has contained the spread of cholera there.

The disease, which has claimed about 600 lives in 6 other PNG provinces in the past 20 months, has killed at least two on Bougainville with dozens more infected.

The Bougainville Women's Federation spokesperson, Hona Holan, says the disease is affecting the northern parts of Buka island and hasn't reached Buka town.

She says once people were discovered with continuous vomitting and diarrhoea, the health department launched a response.

"And it's being addressed. We are all doing our best, the government has engaged youth groups, women's groups, Red Cross, everybody, to go out and do awareness on the cholera."

Hona Holan says this involves having people be particular about their hygiene and boiling water before use.