Peak farming body NSW Farmers is calling on NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to turn his attention to combating Q fever, a debilitating disease that spreads from infected animals to people.
NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen said he was encouraged by the NSW Government’s move to protect senior students against meningococcal.
‘‘The government’s meningococcal vaccination announcement is a positive step towards protecting our communities, including students in rural and regional areas,’’ Mr Schoen said.
‘‘We want to ensure that people in the bush have access to quality health services.’’
NSW Farmers is urging the NSW Government to keep in mind Q fever notifications are rising sharply.
‘‘There are many more cases of Q fever than meningococcal each year, yet there is little community awareness of the disease and inadequate immunisation coverage among the general population,’’ Mr Schoen said.
‘‘We are asking the government to fund testing and vaccination clinics for people at risk of Q fever, as well as better training for rural health practitioners and a public awareness campaign.’’