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Ministry urges proper rubbish disposal

Mere Naleba
Thursday, February 08, 2018

THE public health team from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services would be moving out soon to identify areas or communities that have conveniently made their own rubbish dumps.

Minister for Health Rosy Akbar said most of these rubbish dumps involved illegal dumping of rubbish, which increased the level of diseases in the area.

"We have a team — the rural authority team, the chief health inspector will move around the country to see where people have suddenly made convenient rubbish dumps," Ms Akbar said. "Shopkeepers have made convenient rubbish dumps, we can't have convenient rubbish dumps, and we need to dispose rubbish where it needs to be disposed."

Ms Akbar said Fijians should have civic pride in regards to keeping their communities and environment clean as this would also help in decreasing the burden of diseases on the ministry and the country's economy.

Ms Akbar said Fijians should learn the proper way of disposing rubbish — which in turn would help in the fight against dengue fever. "We're into the rainy season, the cyclone season and as I have said, the prospect of having dengue fever cases is high.

"So if people can dispose their rubbish carefully, tins and cans to be buried and other litter disposed off well," Ms Akbar said.

"I'm sure we will be able to control dengue fever. It has to be a community effort, we shouldn't be depending too much on government initiative — let me put that straight."

Ms Akbar also pleaded with Fijians to help the ministry with its Fight the Bite campaign.

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