PEOPLE living in the Central Division are being urged to take extra precaution when dealing with sanitation and hygiene issue.
This follows the recent typhoid and diarrhoea outbreak in the division last month.
Rewa sub-divisional health inspector Kanito Lovobalavu in a recent visit to Uluiloli Village in Tailevu said government through various programs under the Health Ministry was doing its best to make every community in Fiji safe for people to live in.
"With the resources available at its disposal, the ministry can only do so much," Mr Lovobalavu said."The onus is on each individual to take ownership of their own health and take the necessary steps upon sound advice to improve it," he said.
He reiterated the need to put health in the forefront of development and asked the elders of Uluiloli Village to ensure they created an environment that was conducive to health and one where health issues were discussed freely and allowed to be enhanced.
Roko Tui Tailevu Ratu Semisi Saukawa said there was a need to work together and to treasure the lifestyle of their forefathers.
"We need to work as a unit and as people of our own unique culture and traditions in working towards a common goal," Ratu Semisi said.
Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou stressed the need to reflect positively on the past month and see how best they could improve the living standard of families and the community.