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Rain hastens dengue battle

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

COMMISSIONER Northern Jovesa Vocea has pleaded with communities in Macuata to destroy all mosquito-breeding places after days of heavy downpour in the North.

Mr Vocea said this was imperative because the contribution of communities towards the fight against dengue was vital to the general campaign led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

He said heads of departments and civil servants had joined the campaign.

"It's important that everyone be part of this campaign and community members to play their role in destroying all mosquito-breeding areas in their compounds and surroundings," he said.

"We need to work together to control the spread of dengue and with days of rain in the North, we need to play our part and destroy mosquito-breeding places to control the spread of dengue.

"My team has joined the campaign and we are supporting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services."

Mr Vocea said the support so far from stakeholders towards this campaign was tremendous.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared a dengue outbreak for Macuata subdivision earlier this month, mainly for the Labasa Town area.

The ministry confirmed receiving between 39 and 78 confirmed cases of dengue fever every week at Labasa Hospital in December. From January 1, 2017, to December 17, 2017, 795 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever were recorded.

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