WHO Western Pacific Region. Photo credit:

WHO Western Pacific Region. Photo credit:

Flu-like symptoms are on the rise in the country.

A statement from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services today confirmed this after the National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry reported an increase in people with fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose.

The statement warns that people should always try to avoid close contact with any sick person as respiratory diseases can easily be spread from person to person when infected people cough or sneeze.

The statement adds, they can also spread by direct or indirect contact with an infected person, including shaking hands with an infected person who has touched their mouth, nose or from touching a door nob used by an infected person.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr. Tenneth Dalipanda says people with flu-like symptoms must cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze to stop the disease from spreading.

He adds, regular hand washing with clean water and soap also reduces the risk of catching the disease.

World Health Organisation representative Dr. Audrey Aumua said most people with the flu-like symptoms could possibly recover within one to two weeks without requiring medical treatment.

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