200 clean up against dengue in the North

Left: Staff members of the Commissoner Northern's office pick up rubbish from a drain at Naqai settlement in Labasa yesterday. Picture LUISA QIOLEVU

Left: Staff members of the Commissoner Northern's office pick up rubbish from a drain at Naqai settlement in Labasa yesterday. Picture LUISA QIOLEVU

WITH the continuous rain experienced in the North early this month, members of the public and stakeholders have stepped up efforts in the fight against dengue fever by turning up in numbers yesterday to clear drains and mosquito breeding places around Labasa Town.

While officiating at the launch of the campaign, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea said there was a need for a clean-up in the North as the division recorded an alarming number of dengue cases last year and the beginning of this year.

“The increased rainfall can fill containers and other possible breeding places for mosquitoes,” he said.

Mr Vocea said the clean-up simply indicated unity and togetherness in working towards the eradication of dengue fever in their communities.

“This event will bring unity for all with a simple aim to stop the spread of dengue fever in our community.

“To work together means we all have the same motive and that is to stop dengue, destroy their breeding places and at the same time to keep our environment clean at all times.”

The areas that were cleaned up yesterday were Nacula, Naqai, Labasa Town, and neighbouring areas.

More than 200 people took part in the clean-up.

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