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Aussies inject $1.25m

Rebecca Medhurst
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE Australian Government has given $1.25million to the Health Ministry to help in the fight against dengue.

This aid will go towards the purchase of medical supplies and funding public awareness campaigns, according to acting Head of Mission Glenn Miles.

Australia's support will enable the ministry to continue its efforts towards health management and prevention, as well as maintaining patient care.

Mr Miles spoke of the importance of the strong partnership between the embassy and the ministry, as well as Australia's pleasure in being able to help fight dengue in Fiji. He said he was fully confident that the funds would be spent where they would be of most use in the dengue fight.

Australia has, as yet, experienced no deaths from the mosquito-borne virus, and Mr Miles said few cases had been reported, although the embassy had updated its advice to travellers.

"We're not saying to people don't come, we're saying come, enjoy yourselves, but just take the necessary precautions," Mr Miles said.

The assistance comes as part of a broader package of funding, targeting health, education and community development.

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