Dengue and Chikungunya cases on the decline in Kiribati

from The Pacific Islands News Association
Published on 08 Mar 2015 View Original

7:50 pm GMT+12, 08/03/2015, Kiribati

Kiribati’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services says more than 12,000 people on South Tarawa and Betio were infected with the two mosquito-borne diseases, Chikungunya virus and dengue fever since its outbreak.

However, the ministry’s director of public health, Dr Tioboa Timeon says the number of people affected has now declined. This was due to the extension of hospital hours from 8am to 10pm daily to cater for the increasing number of cases.

Dr Timeon said clinics will return to normal opening times from this week.

He thanked church leaders and Mayors from both TUC and BTC Councils for supporting the Ministry’s cleaning campaigns and activities on Tarawa, that resulted in the quick decline of reported cases.