PACIFIC International Hospital deputy chairman Dr Mathias Sapuri yesterday warned of increased viral infections with the country well into its wet season.
He said the transmission rate of viral infections (cold and flu), malaria and pneumonia would be greater in these conditions.
Dr Sapuri said the prevalence of flu-related illnesses due to wind accompanied rains and the cold will be high and the public was urged to get the necessary flu vaccinations available at medical facilities and visit the health centre at the first instance when feeling unwell.
“Those in coastal communities should avoid staying up late into the night at this time or if they are, they must wear warm clothing.”
The National Weather Office has warned that the wet weather would continue for a while.
Rainfall has been high in Port Moresby in the last five days.