Fiji PM Declares War Against Mosquitoes

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Nationwide campaign to curb Zika virus threat

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 12, 2016) – Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has declared war against one of the main threats to public health - mosquitoes.

In a national announcement at Government Buildings in Suva today, Mr Bainimarama launched a nationwide "Clean up Fiji" and "Fight the Bite" campaign which will run for a month.

Mr Bainimarama said the stakes had never been higher since the major dengue outbreak in 2014 and Zika virus was a new national threat.

He appealed to every Fijian to get behind the campaign and destroy pernicious, blood-sucking, disease-carrying pest by destroying its breeding sites.

"They are dangerous disease carriers. And you must do everything you can to protect yourselves and your families.

"To remove every possible place where mosquito larvae or eggs can be laid and help do everything we can to nip this crisis in the bud."

The formal program will be rolled out from Monday in Nasinu.

Fiji currently has 17 confirmed Zika cases.

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