Samoa Health Ministry issues health precautions against dengue fever

Samoa’s Ministry of Health has advised the public to take necessary health precautions during the rainy season in light of an outbreak of dengue fever.

The ministry is urging families to collect clean drinking water in gallons or clean containers.

“Tap water should be boiled, cooled and stored for drinking purposes,” the ministry said in a statement.

Food should be fully cooked before consumption, especially local vegetables. All vegetables should be washed thoroughly with clean water before preparation.

Cooked food should be stored securely away from insects and rodents, and food preparation areas should be kept clean and hygienic.

Children are also urged to refrain from playing in muddy areas near rivers or the sea and that they should stay indoors.

“It is encouraged that breastfeeding infants continue to be breastfed due to the risk from contaminated water.”

“For the elderly and infants, coconut oil should be applied on the body in the evenings, and warm clothing should be worn.”

All yard rubbish should be cleared and any possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes should be destroyed. Use of mosquito nets, coils and repellents during the rainy season, as well as insect sprays for the home, is firmly advised.

According to the New Zealand Herald, a New Zealander of Samoan descent died of dengue fever complications recently.

The dengue carrying Aedes Aegypti or Black and White mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and they thrive during the rainy season.

New Zealand's Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said Samoa can expect above normal rainfall. 


Shivani Sharma