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Minister Waqainabete Launches Drive To Prevent Dengue Outbreak

During the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Health recorded 1894 suspected dengue cases nationwide, in which the Rewa subdivision had 199 confirmed cases.
21 Apr 2019 10:10
Minister Waqainabete Launches Drive To Prevent Dengue Outbreak
Minister for Health Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete (left) Waidamudamu Settlement, of Nakasi Community Development President, Mahebob Ali and Pastor Manua Kalaunaviti while cleaning up at Waidamudamu settlement following the launching of Rewa subdivision clean-up campaign on April 20, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete launched the ‘Fight the Bite Cleanup Campaign’ at Waidamudamu Settlement in Nakasi yesterday.

During the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Health recorded 1894 suspected dengue cases nationwide, in which the Rewa subdivision had 199 confirmed cases.

“Waidamudamu Settlement recorded five positive cases of dengue fever cases,” Dr Waqainabete said.

This was over the first quarter of this year.

“Your participation in these clean-up campaigns shows your commitment in actively joining the fight against dengue,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“And it is high time that we all take responsibility in destroying and removing breeding places for mosquitoes before another loved one falls victim to the dengue virus.”

The ministry’s staff members along with their resourceful health facilities have been hands on deck for the past four months trying to tackle and reduce the cases of dengue around the country.

“We remain undaunted and committed in providing the essential public health services such as this programme today,” the Minister for Health said.

“We will continue to work effectively with all communities to ensure that we minimise the risk of anyone getting dengue.”

Dr Waqainabete urged residents of Waidamudamu Settlement to take on the initiative of cleaning and taking care of their compounds to prevent breeding places for mosquitoes.

“We urgently need these clean-up campaigns to be sustained by communities,” he said.

Waidamudamu Settlement spokesperson, Mehboob Ali, said he was happy about the talanoa session with the minister to bring in a rubbish truck to retrieve rubbish and household garbage.

“We are glad that trucks will come in once a week to the settlement to collect household garbage for an affordable fee of $2 per household,” Mr Ali said.

“I advise residents here to make use and abide by this to avoid penalty fines from the relevant authorities on illegal dumping that will cause increase in health problems for the community.”

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