27 Dec 2018

River water suspected of causing typhoid in Fiji

9:55 am on 27 December 2018

The Ministry of Health in Fiji is taking steps after an increase in typhoid cases in Naitasiri and Namosi provinces.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete. Photo: Alex Perrottet / RNZ

FBC news reported the ministry had joined forces with the divisional commissioner's office to identify new water sources and to construct proper toilet facilities for villagers in the two provinces.

The health minister, Ifereimi Waqainabete, said of 48 people taken ill in Naitasiri, 34 were confirmed to have typhoid while 14 others were suspected of having the disease.

In Namosi, there are six confirmed typhoid cases and five suspected.

One of the causes could be river water, on which some villagers rely for cooking and drinking, Dr Waqainabete said.