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More dengue clean-ups

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, March 23, 2014

DENGUE clean-up campaigns around the Central Division continued yesterday as teams worked in areas around Lami, Suva and Nasinu.

A team from the Fiji Corrections Service, the Health Ministry and the military went through Walu Bay, Qauia and Laucala Beach Estate, while teams from other government ministries went through Kinoya, Nadera and the Kalabu Tax Free Zone.

The campaign was launched a week ago by Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma and will continue until March 29 in a bid to curb rising dengue numbers.

Also hoping to help in the dengue battle is the World Health Organisation, which recently carried out a training program based on clinical responses to the illness.

"While the training pr­o­­gram is designed to strengthen current methods used to address dengue fever, similar guidelines put forward by the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease in Puerto Rico will boost the response mechanisms currently in place," said an Information Ministry statement yesterday.

Dr Sharma said in the same statement: "At the same time, the training is formatted in a way that these medical personnel can quickly share their training and apply them to current cases.

"These training programs are response-based to tackle dengue fever. But the public can avoid contracting the virus by taking the precautionary steps and keeping compounds clean and destroying water-carrying vessels that are likely to allow mosquitoes to breed."

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