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Children are vulnerable during the diarrhea outbreak

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/01/2018


The main island of Tongatapu is currently facing the outbreak of diarrhea.


Dr. Viliami Vao from Vaiola Hospital says the outbreak is usual during this season as the people are experiencing the change from the winter to the summer season.


He adds since last November most of the patients admitted are young children with cold, blocked nose, vomit and diarrhea.


Dr. Viliami Vao urges the parents to ensure their children have enough food and clean water for every meal because that is the only solution to ensure that their situation will not get worse.


Diarrhea often lasts for a few days and can result in dehydration due to fluid loss.


The most common cause is an infection to the intestines due to a virus, bacteria, or parasite.


The infections are often acquired from food or water that has been contaminated or it can be spread directly from another person who is infected.


Diarrhea can be prevented by improved sanitation, clean drinking water, and always wash your hand with soap and water.


Meanwhile, the Eye Clinic has recorded few cases of conjunctivitis or pink eye in Tongatapu.


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