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No Chikungunya, Zika In North

The Ministry of Health has not received any reports of Zika or Chikungunya virus cases from the Northern Division, says Dr Meciusela Tuicakau. The Permanent Secretary for Health made the
02 Jun 2016 12:09
No Chikungunya, Zika In North
Zika Virus

The Ministry of Health has not received any reports of Zika or Chikungunya virus cases from the Northern Division, says Dr Meciusela Tuicakau.

The Permanent Secretary for Health made the comment during his visit to Labasa on Tuesday.

“We are very impressed to receive zero cases of Zika and Chikungunya from the North,” Dr Tuicakau said.

“It reflects the communities’ involvement in destroying mosquito breeding places. We must practise cleanliness and make every effort to keep our surroundings clean.

“As we speak so far there have been 19 cases of Zika virus reported in Fiji and it is from western and central divisions,” he said.

“And less than five cases of Chikungunya virus are in Viti Levu. The confirmation of Zika virus is done abroad.

“We are continuing with the ‘Fight the Bite’ campaign which was launched by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama,” he said.

“The campaign focuses on the destruction of all mosquito breeding places.”

Meanwhile, national environmental health advisor Dip Chand, during the World No Tobacco Day celebrations in Labasa on Tuesday, said everyone should be agents of change.

“I challenge all of you to challenge all those who challenge you so that you can challenge them to keep Fiji clean,” Mr Chand said.

“Transmitting knowledge is easy but transforming a person is a challenge. There are about 5000 people in the health workforce and 30,000 civil servants in Fiji.

If we all make an effort to keep our environment clean we can challenge others to do the same.

“Let’s be agents of change and keep Fiji clean.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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