By Freedom Fighter
It is unfortunate that people fail to understand or realise the enormity of the communicable disease problem in the west in the wake of the recent floods.
While it is true that Joeli Cawaki is a military man - it is also true that people are dying from diseases because people living in flood affected areas are taking panadol rather than visiting the nearest health centre or hospital when they develop fever.
They are then rushed to the nearest hospital when the constant ingestion of panadol does not do the trick but by then it is often too late.
This is where Joeli Cawaki is coming from. People have to be made aware that at the onset of flu-like symptoms - they must present themselves at the nearest health centre or hospital immediately.
Case in point - the young lady (one of 500 evacuees taking shelter at the Lautoka Girmit Centre) who took herself to the Lautoka Hospital on Wednesday two weeks ago.
She was given panadol and turned away. She died two days later. The post mortem results said “death by dengue.”
What happened there Peni Namotu? And why isn’t the Ministry of Health commenting about what happened to this unfortunate 28 year old young woman, a mother of one?
Joeli Cawaki knows that dengue and leptospirosis are treatable if people are given the right medication at the onset of these diseases.
He is simply doing his job and taking responsibility while others seek to comment from the warmth and comfort of their homes in Suva.
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