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Minister Akbar settles only for the best

Ministry of Health and Medical Services will continue to enhance its access to quality health facilities necessary for good health and health care services. Speaking during the launch of the
23 Mar 2018 11:00
Minister Akbar settles only for the best
From left : Project co-ordinator Aminiasi Tavui , Australian Deputy High Commissioner Amy Crago, Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar, Fiji Rugby Sevens Olympian/World Mosquito Programme Ambassador Jasa Varemalua and acting National Advisor Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Ministry of Health and Medical Services will continue to enhance its access to quality health facilities necessary for good health and health care services.

Speaking during the launch of the World Mosquito Programme in Fiji at Paradiso Restaurant, in Suva, Health Minister Rosy Akbar said, this was vital in the nation’s battle against mosquito-borne diseases like zika, chikungunya and dengue.

The project, now globally known as the World Mosquito Programme, was initially known as the Eliminate Dengue Programme when endorsed by Cabinet on July 20, 2017.

 This led to the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by the three parties on November 6, 2017, for the implementation of the project to commence this year.

In recent years, the initiative has grown from a single focus on dengue to include other mosquito-borne diseases such as zika and chikungunya.

As of September 2017, the Eliminate Dengue Programme became known as the World Mosquito Programme, a name that better reflects the scope of the programme’s delivery and reach.

The World Mosquito Programme is a global not-for-profit initiative that works to protect the communities around the world from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, and is led from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

The World Mosquito Programme currently operates in 11 countries, including Fiji.

Ms Akbar said the aspirations are in line with the National Development Plan that the Fijian Government launched in November last year at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

“We continue to encourage all Fijians to help us control the spread of dengue,’’ Ms Akbar said.

“You can do so by destroying the breeding places of mosquitoes in your yard, emptying the containers filled with stagnant water as a few measures to counter dengue.

“The ministry is proud to join forces with the World Mosquito Programme in reducing the risk of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji.’’

Health Ministry’s chief health inspector Dip Chand said in Fiji, the initiative will be rolled out across the Suva-Nausori corridor over the next 12 months with the support of the Government and local communities.

“It is not an emergency measure but is a long-term, self-sustaining solution to significantly reduce the risk of future outbreaks in high risk areas,’’ Mr Chand said

“The method is compatible with other methods such as the use of insecticides and vaccines.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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