17 Feb 2012

One dead as typhoid and dengue confirmed in Fiji flood aftermath

6:45 am on 17 February 2012

A Fiji woman has died of dengue fever following last month's severe flooding in the Western Division.

The regional commissioner Joeli Cawaki says the woman died of intestinal haemorrhage and an autopsy established the cause.

The Fiji Times reports the woman as having died on Sunday, after the Lautoka Hospital failed to admit her four days earlier.

The Health Ministry says there are now 23 cases of dengue fever, 16 cases of leptospirosis and 14 cases of typhoid recorded during the post-flood period in the Western Division.

Joeli Cawaki says health authorities are monitoring closely the areas hit by flooding.

"The message to our people in the Western Division is if you can seek, please, call us and we'll come and take you from our homes and take you to the hospital and if there's anything that needs to be done and we will be there."

Commissioner Joeli Cawaki says the authorities will be supporting people in flood-affected areas for the next month.