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Villagers clean up, prevent disease outbreak

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, February 08, 2013

VILLAGERS of Vunikura in Cakaudrove have included a monthly clean-up program to maintain cleanliness and prevent disease outbreak in the area.

On the first week of each month, men and women have their share of responsibilities to do in the village.

While the men clean up the village compound including roadside and overgrown grass, the women collect rubbish and clean up their homes.

Assistant village headman Petero Anare said the monthly clean-up programs had improved the wellbeing of villagers.

He said the outbreak and spread of any disease in the village has been controlled.

Mr Anare said a health committee was set up to look into health and hygiene issues.

"The committee looks at the clean-up program and areas we need to weed. They also see to the improvement of housing conditions in the village.

"Repair work is part of the clean-up program for the committee because it has to do with improved livelihoods," he said.

Mr Anare said villagers also set up other committees that dealt with issues like farming, crime and youths.

He said the old method of solesolevaki practised by the elders had been reintroduced.

"So all the men will plant crops, vegetables and yaqona for one family on each working day of the week instead of just the head of that family doing the farm work.

"Then after completing farm work for one family, we move to the next family and this is one way of ensuring food security for the villagers.

"We need to maintain our daily food supply and the solesolevaki method will surely help us achieve that," Mr Anare said.


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