Red zones for cases

Ben Kuricava (front) and Epeli Seavula clean up at Nagado Village, Sabeto. Picture: BALJEET SINGH.

More than 10 leptospirosis and dengue cases were recorded in Nadi recently.

And roko tui Nadi Iosevo Vereivalu said three red zones –– Nagado, Nawaka and Korovuto – had been identified.

This has sparked a 14-day clean-up campaign by villagers and government officials.

Mr Vereivalu said government officials had been working closely with community members to prevent any further spread of the communicable diseases.

“We had six cases reported in Nagado and about three or four cases in Korovuto,” he said.

“Another red zone is Nawaka which is a very populated area. So what we have done with the Ministry of Health is talk to residents and villagers about the clean-up campaign that is currently underway.”

He said the clean-up campaign, which began last month, received a lot of support.

“What we intend to do over the coming days is organise meetings with village elders and villagers to raise awareness on why they need to keep their areas clean. We will start with the villages where the cases were reported and then move to other neighbouring communities.”

Mr Vereivalu said one of their biggest concerns was the villagers’ attitude towards basic health and sanitary procedures.

“While some communities are following the COVID-19 restrictions, they are not following other important health measures like making sure their yards were clean.

“Apart from COVID-19, we still have to make sure that we prevent any other diseases from arising.”

He said government officials had been roped in to help clean up red zone communities. Last month, an outbreak of leptospirosis, dengue fever and typhoid was declared by the Health Ministry after Tropical Cyclone Harold.

According to the ministry, on April 17, it recorded 33 suspected cases of dengue fever and two typhoid cases in the Northern Division, 19 suspected cases of dengue in the Western Division and 23 in the Central Division.

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