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Clean-up as communities rally against epidemic

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, February 23, 2014

A MAJOR anti-dengue clean-up was held in major residential areas in Suva yesterday.

Ministry of Health officials, the finance team from the Flour Mills of Fiji, Nasinu Town Council, Suva City Council, Kinoya youths and Fiji Corrections Service were part of the one-day campaign.

Areas covered included Jittu Estate, Veidogo and Wailea settlements in Vatuwaqa, Kalou St — Kinoya, Nepani, Sukanaivalu Rd — Nabua, Reba Circle — Nadera, Cakacaka Rd and Bitu Road.

Corrections Service spokeswoman Kuini Waqasavou said 300 wardens and recruits were part of yesterday's clean- up.

"The Health Ministry approached us to assist in the dengue fever fight and we were more than willing to assist," she said.

"The officers assisted in spraying, collecting tyres and destroying mosquito breeding places."

An Information Ministry statement said the Ministry of Health would continue to work with key agencies to reduce statistics.

Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns said this new development was encouraging and demonstrated how organisations and individuals were taking the dengue fever situation seriously.

"It's encouraging that those from the private sector and even youth groups are taking the warnings very seriously. This is an activity that we seriously encourage Fijians to take part in," she said.