25th March 03:45 AM
Dengue fever outbreak in Fiji leads to opening of new ward at CWM Hospital
By Iva Danford
Wednesday 14/03/2018

The country is currently experiencing a dengue fever outbreak and this resulted in the opening of a new ward at CWM hospital yesterday because of the shortage of beds.

Speaking to Fijivillage, Minister for Health Rosy Akbar says they needed to open up a new ward to cater for the rise in the number of patients that needed admissions at CWM.

Akbar says that the Medical Superintendents are working with the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to see how they can address this.

She says because of the changes in temperatures there is an outbreak and this is expected.

Akbar says the Ministry is trying its best to cater for all the patients as the increase in new admissions at the Accident and Emergency Ward has promoted them to make new beds available for patients.

Akbar had earlier highlighted that there are 1,040 confirmed dengue cases for this year.

The symptoms of dengue fever, which typically begin 5 to7 days after being infected by a dengue virus‑carrying mosquito, include the sudden onset of high fever with a severe headache, pain behind the eyes/eye socket, joint pains, muscle pains, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, or skin rash.

The symptoms can last 3‑7 days before you start to feel better.

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