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Health services running in Canterbury

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016

Kaikoura Health is still open and the area's two general practice clinics are fully staffed to deal with injuries in the wake of Monday morning's earthquake.

The hospital is fully operational, with Civil Defence working to ensure essential supplies are kept available over the coming days, according to the Canterbury District Health Board.

While the pharmacy is closed, the pharmacist is able to dispense medicine through Kaikoura Health.

Other areas around the epicentre including Amuri, Akaroa, Wikari, Diamond Harbour and Hamner Springs all have access to rural health facilities, while St John has set up a command unit at Cheviot where health services are also fully operational.

The DHB has issued a statement asking residents to check on elderly neighbours, and for people to not be afraid to ask for help.

A series of health warnings have also been issued.

HEALTH WARNINGS FOR CANTERBURY REGION, INCLUDING KAIKOURA

* Boil or treat water from all taps and tankers.

* If boiling is not possible, add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per 2 litres of water and leave for 30 minutes

* Avoid contact with rivers, sea water, pond, puddles and other surface water.

* Bury human waste in the garden, or wrap it well in paper and plastic and put it in the red bin for collection.

* Wash hands or use hand sanitiser after using the bathroom, before and after eating or preparing food.

* Make plans to move in with a friend or relative with running water if you fall ill.

* If you are ill, limit contact with other people and do not prepare food.

* Dispose of smelly, slimy, mouldy or discoloured food immediately. Do not refreeze food once power returns.

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