Villagers in Nabaitavo can now have access to clean and safe drinking water. This follows the opening of the new water project by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete last Saturday.
This project was initiated as Fijians in Nabaitavo village were exposed to the outbreak of typhoid disease a few weeks ago and the need for the installation of water tanks and water seal toilets for the village became inevitable.
The joint effort between the community and the Central Division health team of the Ministry together with the Ministry of Rural Development and Itaukei Affairs has been instrumental as the disease has been contained and the risk of further emergence of the disease is minimized.
Minister Waqainabete while conveying his appreciation to the villages for their hard work, also acknowledged the commitment of the health officials who have worked tirelessly for the timely completion of the much needed water accessibility to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation in the village.
“This is a great contribution from the community and I am proud of the health officials for being available during the festive season to successfully complete the project”, Dr Waqainabete said.
Typhoid is a water borne disease therefore access to safe and clean water should remain priority for the people and the Health Ministry will make every effort with its development partners to address such issues.
Furthermore Minister Waqainabete during the Talanoa Session advised the villagers to prioritise and practice healthy lifestyle behaviors that will eventually reduce the burden of diseases and he advised them to visit the health facilities early to allow immediate diagnosis and treatment which will reduce the complications and the negative impact of the diseases.