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Dirty back yard fine

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 09, 2014

PEOPLE who fail to clear mosquito breeding places in their back yards could be fined, says divisional health inspector West Rakesh Kumar.

He said health inspectors would implement strict measures to prevent the further spread of dengue fever.

"We can take these people to task if we find that they are not cleaning up their back yards and clearing out mosquito breeding areas," he said.

"Under the Health Act Cap 111, we have that authority, so if we find that members of the community are not complying with these regulations, then we will take action."

Mr Kumar said areas found with the Aedes species of mosquitoes would be a prime focus for the Health Ministry.

"The Aedes species is the species of mosquito that is causing this disease and if we do find this particular kind of mosquito in someone's back yard, we will consider that as harbouring this disease-causing insect.

"They will be initially warned but if they still fail to clean up their yards, further action like issuing of fines will be implemented."

Mr Kumar said the ministry was working with municipal councils on complaints from residential owners regarding mosquito population.

"We are working with the authorities and we are conducting spraying campaigns as an extra precautionary measure."

Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala said the council's health inspectors were monitoring areas in the Sugar City.

"So far we haven't received any complaint from residents but we will continue to monitor the situation," said Mr Bala.








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