COMMISSIONER WESTERN Commander Joeli Cawaki yesterday summoned senior government officials to his office as he moved to form a taskforce to combat the spread of dengue fever.
Divisional operations officer Luke Moroivalu said the taskforce was formed to intensify the campaign against dengue in the division which recorded one death so far.
For the Lautoka and Yasawa region there are 208 confirmed cases with 616 suspected cases. For Nadi, 109 people have been confirmed with dengue with 465 suspected cases. For the Nadroga Navosa region, a total of 28 cases were confirmed, three cases in Ra, while Tavua had seven confirmed cases.
"What we want to do is prevent the further loss of lives," Mr Moroivalu said.
"In these types of situations, we will need an integrated approach.
"The divisional commissioner has seen that lives are at risk that is why we will put together all of our available resources to combat this issue.
"We are called to work together as a team and help the Ministry of Health.
"We will help them in mobilising the community members, community leaders and all of our various government officials to prevent any further spread of the disease and stop the increase of people getting sick."
Mr Moroivalu said the ministry would take a leading role in the taskforce.
"They will head all of our campaigns and with the dissemination of information. We are coming in to help them."
Divisional health inspector Rakesh Kumar said an integrated approach to ensuring the division does not suffer an outbreak was the best solution.
"We are not in the red zone yet so there is no cause for alarm for our people," he said.
"The role of the taskforce is to ensure we stay that way to ensure the safety of our people."
The taskforce will meet every second day for an update on the campaign.