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West steps up anti-dengue clean-up drive

Friday, March 14, 2014

Update: 11:44AM WITH more than 5600 suspected and 880 confirmed cases of dengue fever in the Western Division, civil servants across the division will participate in an on-going cleanup of areas identified as dengue mosquito breeding sites.

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki made the announcement at a press conference in Lautoka this morning.

"We welcome the support of our partners, the private sector and organisations that are taking part in cleaning up and encourage everyone to come forward and assist us as well," he said.

Commander Cawaki said because of the alarming rise in numbers and with more than 70,000 people presenting themselves at health centres and hospitals across the division, the situation was critical.

"This is no longer just a government issue, this is a Western Division issue and everyone needs to get involved by cleaning up their compounds and taking the necessary precautions."

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