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Dengue Numbers Drop, Ministry Credits Cleanups

People taking heed of warning as neighbourhood campaigns show results ZAFIYA SHAMIM Suva The Ministry of Health is reaping the results of  it’s efforts to combat the dengue virus but
08 Apr 2014 10:27

People taking heed of warning as neighbourhood campaigns show results

Residents of Naulu join the Ministry of Health’s World Health Day celebrations yesterday.  Photo: Ronald Kumar

Residents of Naulu join the Ministry of Health’s World Health Day celebrations yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

ZAFIYA SHAMIM
Suva
The Ministry of Health is reaping the results of  it’s efforts to combat the dengue virus but health officials have promised  to remain vigilant.
Speaking yesterday at the World Health Day celebrations at Naulu, Nausori, the Health Minister, Dr Neil Sharma, said the decline in dengue cases was attributed to the massive cleanup drives.
“We have 12 deaths recorded from mid-March and the number of clinically suspected cases remains at 20, 204,” Dr Sharma said.
He said the Central and Western cases were declining and they were happy that people were taking heed of the warnings.
“Our goal now is to sustain our cleanup drive so that we can maintain our premises free from dengue vector breeding grounds and eliminate dengue cases in the nation.”
Ranjani Lata of Naulu, Nausori said everyone should help make their community a better place to live in.
“I have been out with my neighbours and I have seen the problems they have to overcome to keep our communities clean,” Ms Lata said.
She said what they had seen so far was littering and dumping of tyres.
“Most of the rubbish we have collected so far has also been items that could easily be recycled, such as plastic bottles and wrappers.”
Ms Lata said people needed to take responsibility for their litter and their communities if they wanted to fight against dengue and save their loved ones.
“We are hoping to encourage more people to take responsibility for keeping their community clean and tidy because getting involved is the only way to make an area clean and better.”
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