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Nationwide clean up campaign rolled out in Nasinu

The nationwide ‘Clean up Fiji’ and ‘Fight the Bite’ campaign was rolled out in Nasinu this morning. Civil servants from various government ministries and members of the Fiji Police Force and the RFMF were also part of the campaign. Speaking at the rolling out of the campaign President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said this […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 16, 2016 3:00 pm

The nationwide ‘Clean up Fiji’ and ‘Fight the Bite’ campaign was rolled out in Nasinu this morning.

His Excellency Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote with the Minister for Health Hon. Jone Usamate (far-right) with civil servants in Nasinu. (Evlyn Chetty/Facebook)
His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote with the Minister for Health Hon. Jone Usamate (far-right) with civil servants in Nasinu. (Evlyn Chetty/Facebook)

Civil servants from various government ministries and members of the Fiji Police Force and the RFMF were also part of the campaign.

Speaking at the rolling out of the campaign President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said this is the start of a concerted national effort due to concerns over mosquito-borne diseases.

KONROTE: “This concerted effort will continue for one month. After that, members of the public are encouraged to keep their environment continuously free of mosquito breeding spots.”

“Mosquitoes are major carriers of diseases. They thrive in man-made containers such as discarded drums, unused tires, empty cans and white goods. Mosquitoes also live and breed in blocked drains, gutters and among long grass.”

KONROTE: “We are particularly concerned with mosquitoes that feed off humans and which like to live next to human beings. These mosquitoes spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika.”

“These diseases are not only a problem in Fiji, but also in the region and globally, causing severe illness and deaths. Presently, no vaccine can effectively treat the Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika viruses.”

President Konrote said that as announced by the Prime Minister, Government will collaborate with the people of Fiji in the Campaign against mosquitoes.

“Apart from the Civil Servants participating in an all-out cleanup campaign, Government will provide information through the media to ensure that we are all aware of the dangers of mosquito-borne diseases.”

The nationwide clean-up campaign will continue for a month.

A nationwide clean-up campaign was launched this morning to fight against mosquito related diseases.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaking at the launch this morning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaking at the launch this morning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Speaking at the launch this morning, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said a concerted national clean-up campaign which involves all ministries of government pooling resources and cooperating across a broad front to clean up Fiji.

BAINIMARAMA: “We’re calling this aspect of the campaign “Fight the Bite”. We’ve borrowed the slogan from our Hawaiian friends who’ve mounted the same type of initiative.”

PM Bainimarama said the civil servants across the various ministries are being assigned particular tasks as part of this initiative.

BAINIMARAMA: “I want to appeal to every Fijian to join us in cleaning up our nation once and for all. To remove not only cyclone-related debris but all rubbish, all litter, that has accumulated over the years. And is despoiling our pristine surroundings and having a negative impact on our international image.”

Minister for Lands Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Health Hon. Jone Usamate and the Minister for Tourism Hon. Faiyaz Koya at the launch of the clean up campaign this morning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Minister for Lands Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Health Hon. Jone Usamate and the Minister for Tourism Hon. Faiyaz Koya at the launch of the clean up campaign this morning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

“This is obviously not the first time we have targeted the mosquito in Fiji. We have always had an on-going campaign, interspersed with concentrated bursts of action such as during the major Dengue outbreak of 2014.  But never before have the stakes been so high. Because on top of Dengue and Chickungunya, we have a new threat, a new mosquito-borne disease Zika.”

PM Bainimarama said it is time to change and people need to work together.

“From the smallest child to our most venerable elder, we need everyone to fight this battle against the mosquito “

The Prime Minister highlighted the iimportance of taking the responsibility to keep everyone safe.

“First of all, you need to “Fight the Bite” to protect yourselves against mozzie bites. Put on some kind of mosquito repellent so you don’t get bitten when you go out. Ask your parents to get you some if you don’t already have it. Sleep under a mosquito net if you can. Get your parents or an older brother or sister to light a coil.”

“High time to crack down on the litterers. Those who strew rubbish around. Those who don’t care for their surroundings. Those who give us all a bad name. It is high time for us all to band together and Clean Up Fiji.”

PM Bainimarama said that the initiative is a war that as a nation, we intend to win.

“I am here today as Prime Minister to fire the opening salvo. And to issue a call to arms to every Fijian of every age to join me.”

“There is another vital imperative. A clean Fiji is a healthy Fiji. Rubbish harbours disease. And today as part of that wider clean-up campaign, I am declaring a new war on one of our principal threats to public health – the mosquito.”

Since last month, major clean-ups have commenced in the Western and Northern divisions.

In the Western Division, 261 loads of rubbish have so far been collected from more than 60 communities stretched over the four subdivisions.

In the Northern Division, 30 loads have been collected so far from the three subdivisions.

PM Bainimarama said teams have been spraying affected areas and carrying out community awareness programs and enforcing the law.

Minister for Health Hon. Jone Usamate confirmed that there 17 confirmed cases of Zika in Fiji and the priority areas for the campaign are populated areas.

USAMATE: “The priority areas, where ever you have large concentrations of people of human beings because these mosquitoes the female in particular it needs to take human blood in order to reproduce its egg, so whereever you have big concentrations of people this is where you will find it. So all in the strech from Nausori to Lami, where ever you have high concentration of people around from Sigatoka to Ba and that area.”

Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).
Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

Minister Usamate said on Monday will be the physical rolling out of the initiative whereby all Civil servants from all government ministries will walk out of their offices to pick up rubbish in the surroundings to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

USAMATE: “The campaign will run for a month and we hope the assistance from the media, on Monday we will be having the rolling out as mentioned the Prime Minister has said that it has been launched in his speech we will have the physical rolling out on Monday where his excellency will be taking the lead, we will have the leaders of our nation right at the forefront of this campaign.

Minister Usamate said the President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote will be at Valelevu in Nasinu to roll out the campaign on Monday.

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