For those interested....here are a couple of links to keep up-to-date with the cholera (and other flu) outbreak in Lae and surrounding regions. For our part we are bleaching all our fruit and vegetables (to kill the germ) before we eat them (unless they are being well cooked) and we are also crazily washing our hands. We always was our hands a lot, but I guess we are now washing them all the time, and really well! At school, the girls are being told to wash their hands often, they are also not allowed to share/swap food with other students. Yesterday we witnessed information pamphlets being handed out on street corners, people stopping every car and person to inform them. I spent half an hour yesterday in Bible Study going over cholera (prevention and treatment) with the ladies - hope it sunk in. As I dropped them off back to the settlement they were all talking about going off and boiling their water (water collected from the rain in old drums, which sits for lots of days in the open air- flies/sun always attacking it, as well as all sorts of people dipping their cup in). We pray they will heed the warnings.
Here are the links:
Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders)