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$56k needed to fight on

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, February 20, 2014

THE Health Ministry will need about $56,000 to address and spread awareness of dengue fever in the Western Division.

This was revealed in a meeting of government officials in the Commissioner Western's office yesterday.

Divisional health inspector Rakesh Kumar said for the Rakiraki Health office, a total of $5592 was needed, Tavua $4260, Ba $7280, Lautoka $19,565.38, Nadi $14,000 and Sigatoka $6000.

"Out of this, we have had our proposal for Nadi, Tavua and Rakiraki approved," he said.

The divisional health inspector also revealed the ministry was working to approve a $100 spot fine for those found with mosquito breeding areas.

"It is one of the steps that we are taking which is also part of our enforcement," he said.

"Right now, the current fine imposed on an individual is $10 and we are hoping to change by increasing the fine to $100."