By Aloysius Laukai
New Dawn FM has been receiving calls from the public concerning not enough awareness concerning the Cholera outbreak in Lontis, Buka island.
They said that more awareness on prevention must be quickly carried out throughout Buka island and mainland Bougainville.
Chairman of the Cholera Task Force, PATRICK KOLES says that while the figures had risen to 65, the task force assures the communities that attendance at Lemanmanu health centre and at the advance medical post in Lontis had actually declined indicating the episode is now being controlled,” said Koles.
“The public is also advised that while there were reported cases at Hutjena and Gogohe, the public health team had actually acted very quickly and had sent these cases back to Lemanmanu were they had initially migrated from,” said Koles.
He added that CTF has already effected the following measures:
• Total ban on sale of cooked food and homemade ice block at public and road side markets,
• In relation to schools in affected areas, the task force feels there is no need to close down schools unless schools report any episode of diarrhea and
• The task force will conduct massive awareness among communities and encourage the school teachers to ensure school children receive the message on basic hygiene measures which is the most important factor in controlling cholera.
“Basically, the community must take ownership of their health by practicing basic hygiene rules,” said Koles.