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Wednesday 29 April 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World


Malaria adds to Vanuatu’s woes

VANUATU – Vanuatu health authorities have another challenge to deal with after a local outbreak of malaria in the northern province of Torba following Tropical Cyclone Harold.

The nation is coping with Covid-19 measures as well as devastation caused by the category five cyclone Harold.

Torba province covers the islands of Torres and Banks far north of Vanuatu.

Director of public health, Dr Len Tarivonda confirmed that there are eight cases of malaria reported in Sola area and they are dealing with.

“Our fear is that if it continues to spread, so we are addressing the issue, with our local team in Sola, with the assistance of the local government are doing all they can to address the issue,” he said.

“We have already sent some supplies and we will look into how we assist them over the next few days.”

Dr Tarivonda said there are often outbreaks of diseases following a cyclone, diseases such as dengue, malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, leptospirosis and others.