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Meningococcal vaccine campaign to run for seven weeks

17:05 Tue Apr 17, 2018


Meningococcal vaccine campaign to run for seven weeks

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Report by: Akosita Talei

The government will begin the free Meningococcal C vaccine campaign as soon as it arrives in the country.

Health Minister Rosy Akbar says the government in collaboration with the WHO and UNICEF is working together to procure the vaccines.

Once the vaccine arrives, it will be administered to those under the age of 19 as this is the vulnerable age group.

Akbar says the campaign is expected to run for close to two months.

“The service will also be available on Saturdays for parents and caretakers who are usually busy during the week bring their children to receive the vaccination. Considering the disease burden observation, high risk group and operational effectiveness the campaign rollout will start with intensive efforts in the Central division. "

The Minister has confirmed all cases reported as of March 21st were all under the age of nineteen with their priority now lying on vaccinating around 340,000 Fijians in this age group.

The killer disease continues to rise with the Health Ministery confirming 46 cases as of last Thursday.

Central division tops the list with 27 cases, 16 from the West, two from the North and one from the East.

She adds they also plan to have 53 teams mobilized around the country as temporary, fixed and mobile post service providers to administer the vaccine once the campaign begins.



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