The fact that eight people have died from dengue fever as of February 28 is cause for great concern. Especially so when the national advisor communicable disease Dr Mike Kama says that three more deaths are now under investigation to find out whether they resulted from dengue fever.
Of all cases presented to public health facilities with clinical symptoms, 3802 were confirmed dengue fever cases.
He said lab testing was only 65 per cent to 80 per cent accurate, which meant there may be more cases they were missing out on.
Now that is worrying when one considers that "data has to be taken in perspective because this is the only data from government-owned facilities".
It doesn't include the private health sector and "doesn't include those suspected cases of dengue that the doctors didn't really test".
When one considers all those figures and scenarios, the projected number could probably be around 10,000 suspected cases. And that is according to Dr Kama.
What is also worrying is the fact that the Central Division is still the epicentre of the outbreak.
There have been 7234 cases reported with 3063 confirmed cases in the division.
The Western Division reported 2096 cases with 601 cases confirmed. The North reported 491 cases and 139 confirmed cases while the Eastern Division has no confirmed cases.
One only has to look at statistics provided for the Valelevu Health Centre to understand the impact of the disease. The centre recorded 1574 suspected cases with 717 confirmed with dengue fever.
The Samabula Health Centre recorded 664 suspected cases with 322 confirmed dengue cases.
But are people aware of the danger posed by these dengue-carrying mosquitoes? It does not seem to be the case if you are living in some parts of Nasinu.
Compounds are still overgrown in many areas, drains are clogged up, and people are just taking heed of advice and reminders. So what can concerned citizens do?
There is the bit about the rights of people to do what they want within the confines of their property. But when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of neighbours, perhaps it is time the Nasinu Town Council got off its back and took appropriate action to drive through the message that the fight against dengue fever needs the support of every stakeholder.
Otherwise we will just be going through the motions, attempting to fight a losing battle.
There are many inconsiderate people living in Nasinu and other parts of the Central Division.
If you are one of them, we hope you will come to your senses and do the right thing.
People have died from dengue fever. Let's put a stop to that.