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Rubbish removal cost ministry $22k

Luke Nacei
Saturday, March 03, 2018

THE removal of illegally-disposed rubbish in the Waituri dump site on the outskirts of Nausori had cost the Ministry of Health and Medical Services $22,000.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said they anticipated this amount to increase if more illegal dumping continued.

"I can assure you that we will take this out. If it takes us four or five days or cost us that amount we will take it once and for all," Ms Akbar said.

"What I want to see from you people is that you will have to make sure that no one dumps rubbish there and you will have to become your community champion and say that this is your community," she told the people of Waituri on Thursday.

"You should be aware of the diseases that are born out of this disposal of rubbish. One of the things that are an issue for us today is the rise of dengue cases, at the moment there is an outbreak."

She said it was shocking to see the amount of rubbish piled along the area.

"It was sad to see people and respective business houses dumping their rubbish along the area.

"This rubbish has been here for a very long time. We are here to see how best we can prevent people from forming these kinds of dump areas.

"We totally understand that you need some kinds of rubbish disposal methods because you live in a rural area, you are looked after by the Ministry of Health and the urban areas are looked after by the Local Government (Ministry).

"You must take responsibility too. You got to stop that."

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