More than 200 children of Namataku District School in Navosa have been educated on the importance of living a healthy life to protect them from contracting waterborne diseases and related illnesses.
School treasurer and Namataku district representative Joape Toailagi said the initiative began when COVID-19 broke out last year, and the students were reminded again of the importance of personal cleanliness when leptospirosis cases were discovered in the region recently.
“We have seen that it works out quite well when we teach these children because they have been practising it ever since,” Mr Toailagi said.
“Teaching these young people will go a long way; they can be great assets to their own families and remind them of what can and should be done in the midst of such illnesses.
“The onus is also on each village headman to keep a tab on villagers for their protection.”
Mr Toailagi said the villagers had been reminded to seek medical assistance if their family members fell sick.
A total of eight villages fall under Namataku district in the upper Navosa region.