THE whole country needs to get together to fight dengue fever before the outbreak gets worse.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made this plea yesterday as the nation continues to battle with the sickness.
"We have to hunt down anything with water in it where these mosquitoes can breed because it is making a lot of people very sick and some have even died," Commodore Bainimarama told the students of Draiba Primary School at the opening of their new classrooms.
He said according to the health ministry, there were 1859 confirmed cases.
"But we think the actual number may be 4500 because many people don't go to the doctors."
He urged students to ask their parents to get them mosquito repellents and sleep under a mosquito nets if they could.
"Get your parents or an older brother or sister to light a coil, but I also want you to join in the hunt for those places where the mosquitoes are breeding and hiding. Go into your own backyard and make sure there's no water in anything. Get together with your friends and track down these places where the mosquitoes are coming from, carrying this terrible sickness and clean up around the house."