Severe pneumonia and newborn illnesses leading causes of death among children in Fiji - Dr. Stephen Howie

Severe pneumonia and newborn illnesses leading causes of death among children in Fiji - Dr. Stephen Howie

By Karishma Kumari
Sunday 07/04/2024
Photo:Screen Grab from Cure Kids Fiji

Severe pneumonia and newborn illnesses are the leading causes of death among children in Fiji.

This has been revealed by Pediatrician Associate officer Dr. Stephen Howie from the University of Auckland during the Rotary 2023-2024 District Conference, who says in the last 5 years approximately 1000 children have died because of these illnesses.

Dr. Howie says if a person has pneumonia that means the oxygen in their body is low.

However, he says, if they get oxygen then their chances of surviving are at least 35 percent higher.

He says the usual way of treating oxygen is to use cylinders rather than relying on concentrators, which are small machines that take the air around and push it through a filter to introduce high-quality oxygen.

Howie says if the power is reliable then this can just be plugged into the wall but if there is no reliable power supply then they bring in custom-designed solar power units to power this concentrators for oxygen.

The Associate Officer says they are already doing this in Fiji where 1000 families have been served with a good oxygen system.

He says their vision is to be true in the whole of Fiji and make sure that health facilities are included in this project.

Meanwhile, Cure Kids Fiji General Manager Tim Edmond says they are doing this to ensure that this equipment is well maintained and is sustainably used and improves healthcare.

He says they are working with the Ministry of Health to listen to their priorities and bring experts from internationally as well as locally to work together on implementing solutions.

Drua outclassed as Highlanders thrash them 39-3
The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will now need to win their last match against the Rebels on Saturday to book their place in the playoffs after being th...
2 hours ago
Hindi and Vosa Vakaviti will be taught in all primary schools – Singh
Minister for Employment Agni Deo Singh says Hindi and Vosa Vakaviti languages will be taught in all primary schools, and it may take a bit of time as ...
3 minutes ago

Work in progress to safely repatriate 12 Fijians stuck in New Caledonia
Work is in progress to safely repatriate 12 Fijians stranded in New Caledonia as soon as possible. In a statement, the Government says the ...
3 hours ago

Situation in Papua New Guinea 'catastrophic' following landslide, with 4,000 in need of aid
A landslide has hit Kaokalam Village in Enga Province. Around 60 houses – each believed to contain up to 15 people – were flattened when the ...
5 hours ago

3,500 cases of drugs including 4 cases of meth in schools recorded last year
With the increasing concern of drugs being found in schools nowadays, including methamphetamine, the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council is ...
5 hours ago

23-member team expected to conduct about 20 free life-saving open-heart surgeries at Sai Sanjeevani Children's Hospital
A 23-member team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and specialists are here in the country from Australia to conduct about 20 free life-saving open-heart ...
5 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Motion for Salary Changes of Executive Officers Passed
The motion to change the salaries and allowances of a number of executive offices including those of Members of Parliament has been passed by ...
6 hours ago

Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
9 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
9 days ago