Nawaeb, Huon Gulf report cholera cases

Lae News, Normal

The National- Monday, February 7, 2011

 TWO other districts of Morobe, Nawaeb and Huon Gulf, have reported suspected cases of cholera.

Of the nine districts, the four have come “under the spotlight” of the Morobe health division, provincial health adviser, Dr Likei Theo said.

Early this month, 19 cases were reported in Lae settlements and eight at Mandok island in the Siassi group of islands.

At a meeting of health officials last Friday in Lae, Theo said the resurgence of cholera had dropped in Lae but health officials would go ahead to set in place control, monitoring and surveillance mechanisms.

Doctors and health workers from the provincial health office, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), Lutheran Health Services and Lae district health office attended the meeting.

Theo said the resurgence of cholera was the result of poor water and sanitation services with poor personal hygiene. 

He urged the Nawaeb and Huon Gulf health coordinators to collaborate with Lae to spearhead awareness while setting in place cholera treatment sites at health centres.

“We have to set up cholera treatment drugs and medicines at available health facilities while those severely affected can be transported to main treatment centre at Angau Memorial Hospital,” Theo said.