Fears of malaria on Manus Island as department stonewalls on details


The Department of Immigration is refusing to provide details of their strategy to combat malaria infection, as fears grow for asylum seekers detained on Manus Island.

The Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea is in a malaria hotspot.Concerns are growing that the disease is so prevalent on the island that the precautions taken to protect the asylum seekers won’t be able to prevent infection.Many malaria drugs aren’t suitable for some pregnant women, children, or people with depression, and refugee advocates say that asylum seekers aren’t being given sufficient information about potential side effects.

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