The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is calling on Fijians across the country to prevent the spread of dengue fever by destroying potential mosquito breeding grounds and eliminating any sources of water in and around homes and workplaces.

The public is also encouraged to prevent mosquito bites by using mosquito sprays, mosquito nets and mosquito screens on windows and doors, as mosquitoes often bite early in the morning and after sunset.

This opinion follows recent surveys reporting high mosquitoes (Aedes species) in Suva, Lami and Nausori in October.

The ministry has stepped up dengue response activities, including home visits and interventions for confirmed dengue fever cases, through the departmental commission teams.

The Department of Health will continue to work with local councils and other stakeholders to respond to the increase in dengue mosquitoes and urges the public to act now to prevent another dengue fever outbreak during the rainy season.

A cooperative approach by the ministry and the public remains important for combating the prevention of diseases such as dengue.

Source: DEPTFO News



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