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Clean your yard, urges State

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WITH wet weather conditions experienced in the country and in light of the worrying dengue fever cases, the government has called on members of the public to clean their surroundings and destroy mosquito breeding grounds.

"The other issue that we have is the weather conditions. The longer this weather continues, it's not helping eradicate dengue.

"We need a change in the weather also to help get rid of the dengue virus," said Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns.

"Try as much as possible to take the precautions so you don't go to the health centres. And clean up your areas so we can get rid of these mosquitoes."

Ms Smith-Johns said the dengue outbreak was a reality and the more people ignored it, the more it would spread.

"Dengue is very serious and you get very sick, it's far better to take precautions than to get the illness.

"You are in bed for a week and you are extremely sick so it's all about taking precaution."

She said there was a flu-like virus that was also making people sick.

"We have done the education. We are dealing with people so I think from that perspective, we are doing as much as we can to keep up the urgency.

"It just comes back to people, they have to take care."


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