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War on dengue

By MAIKA BOLATIKI The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has called on children to join the battle to eradicate mosquito breeding areas. He made the call while opening the new
19 Feb 2014 09:19

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has called on children to join the battle to eradicate mosquito breeding areas.
He made the call while opening the new classroom block at Draiba Primary School in Nasese, Suva, yesterday.
“I want to ask you children today – and every child around Fiji – to do something very important for me and the country. As some of you will know, those pesky mosquitoes are carrying a disease called dengue fever. It is making a lot of people very sick and some have even died. Our Health Ministry tells us that there are 2589 confirmed cases but we think the actual number may be 4500 because many people don’t go to the doctors,” he said.
These mosquitoes he said breed in still water.
“That water can be in a bucket, a plastic container, or anything that can hold water for any length of time. We have to hunt down anything with water in it where these mosquitoes can breed.”
The Prime Minister said a new advertisement on TV is telling everyone about this disease and what to do.
“You need to put on some kind of mosquito repellent so the mozzies don’t bite you when you go out.
“Ask your parents to get you some if you don’t already have it. Sleep under a mosquito net if you can. Get your parents or an older brother or sister to light a coil.”
He urged the children to join in the hunt for those places where the mosquitoes were breeding and hiding.
“Go into your own backyard and make sure there’s no water in anything. Get together with your friends and track down these places where the mosquitoes are coming from, carrying this terrible sickness.
He advised the children to clean up around their homes, remove containers or rubbish that hold water, empty your pot plant trays, empty the water out of old tyres, household rubbish or tarpaulins. They should make sure their parents keep the gutters clear and the grass cut.
The entire country he said should get together to fight dengue fever before this outbreak got worse.
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