There has been a rise in flu-like symptoms across Solomon Islands, informed the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO).

"The National Surveillance Unit of MHMS has reported an increase in people with fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose," said Permanent Secretary of the MHMS Dr. Tenneth Dalipanda.

Respiratory diseases can be easily spread from person to person when infected people cough or sneeze. They can also spread by direct or indirect contact with an infected person.

For example, shaking hands with an infected person who has touched their mouth or nose or from touching a door handle used by an infected person. They can then spread through schools, businesses and villages, making many people sick. People should try to avoid close contact with sick people.

"If you have symptoms of flu, you can stop others from getting sick by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and by washing your hands regularly with clean water and soap", said Dr. Dalipanda.

"Most people with flu-like symptoms recover within one to two weeks without requiring medical treatment," said WHO Representative for the Solomon Islands Dr. Audrey Aumua.

"However, in the very young, the elderly, and those with serious medical conditions, infection can lead to severe complications. It is important to go to a health centre if symptoms get worse. If you develop: shortness of breath or rapid breathing, chest pain, confusion or sudden dizziness, or persistent vomiting, go to a health centre or a hospital immediately."

MHMS and WHO remind all Solomon Islanders to cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and to wash their hands regularly.


Press Release: MHMS