Twenty-three people have died from Dengue Fever, Leptospirosis and Typhoid so far this year in Fiji.
Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed this while launching the Leptospirosis, Typhoid, and Dengue Fever and Diarrhoea campaign in Ba during the National Disaster Awareness week.
Dr Waqainabete says the relationship between natural disasters and communicable diseases are well understood.
He says the risk of outbreaks is often presumed to be higher following natural disasters.
The Health Minister says 18 lives have been lost due to Leptospirosis, three due to Dengue Fever while two have died due to Typhoid.
Dr Waqainabete says there were 1259 cases of leptospirosis, more than 4000 cases of dengue fever and 233 typhoid cases.
“These numbers are alarming and depressing, a reflection of what we face because of the challenges that we have as I said before with climate sensitivity diseases.”
He is also calling on Fijians to clean their surroundings.