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Stay in school, students told

Stay in school, students told
Students of Navesau Adventist High School preparing for the TC Keni on April 10,2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.
April 11
09:54 2018

Despite the adverse weather, more than 200 boarders of Navesau Adventist High School were advised to stay in school because of the Meningococcal outbreak.

Late last month there was an outbreak of the disease at the school, which resulted in six reported cases. Two were confirmed cases.

On Thursday last week, at least 90 per cent of the students were vaccinated, which protected them from four strains of the disease. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Minister for Health Rosy Akbar visited the school on that same day.

School principal Sanaila Sumo said except for those who are not present, none of the boarding students were sent home.

“My students were vaccinated last week, so they have been advised by the Health Authorities to stay in school for their own safety,” he said.

He said the students were still monitored by the teachers and specialised authorities.

“Yesterday (Monday), we put up shutters and secured the compound in preparation for TC Keni,” Mr Sumo said.

“My students are safe, they are at their dorms and few of them are staying here in my house.

“If things get worse, we will all move to the new school building for shelter.”

Along with the students there were nine staff members, including teachers and their families, at the school compound.

Mr Sumo said in case people in the nearby communities sought shelter, the school was open to them.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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