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Deaths remain at 12

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

THE number of deaths caused by dengue remains at 12.

This accounts for the six from the Central Division, four from the West and one each from the Northern and Eastern divisions, latest dengue updates from the Health Ministry confirmed.

The youngest victim was two-and-a-half years old and the oldest was 65 years old, the report read.

It again reiterated that the dengue outbreak would "continue to spread throughout Fiji".

So far, in terms of international help with the dengue issue facing Fiji, the Australian Government has provided $F1.2million, the New Zealand Government gave $F630,000 and the Chinese Government provided $F94,000 in support of the campaign against dengue.

"The assistance will be used to purchase medical supplies and fund an ongoing public health awareness campaign," the latest Dengue Taskforce report stated.

"The New Zealand Government has provided $F630,000 towards consumables, dengue test kits and technical support."

The report noted that technical support was also being provided to the ministry from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Fiji Health Sector Support Program.

The ministry also acknowledged that the Fiji Red Cross had been a tremendous help in terms of advocacy at community level with clean-up campaigns.

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