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58 Meningococcal Cases, Public Response In Prevention, Great

58 Meningococcal Cases, Public Response In Prevention, Great
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (left), and National Advisor for Communicable Disease Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan during the press conference at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services headquarters in Suva on May 3 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar
May 04
11:29 2018

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services had confirmed there are 58 reported cases of Meningococcal from January 1 to April 22 this year.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar during a press conference on Meningococcal Disease and vaccine update at their headquarters in Suva yesterday.

Ms Akbar said out of the 58 cases, 24 are laboratory confirmed, and 34 are either suspected or probable cases based on clinical diagnosis by a doctor.

Of the 58 cases, 38 are from the Central division, 17 from the Western division, two from the Northern division, and one from the Eastern division.

Males account for 66.7 per cent of cases, and females 33.3 per cent.

Ms Akbar said as of April 22, all confirmed cases were below the age of 19.

“There have been four confirmed deaths from the meningococcal disease this year,” Ms Akbar said.

She said all those deaths have been in the age group of less than five-years-old.

“There have been no deaths from meningococcal disease reported in the last five weeks, since the outbreak was declared.

“And we thank the public for adhering to the preventative messages that the Health Ministry had been putting out through the mass media advertising and awareness campaigns.

“With no deaths recorded within the last five weeks, it shows that the public had responded to the awareness messages conveyed through various communication channels,” Ms Akbar said.

She said the Health Ministry continued to intensify its public health awareness and monitor the reported cases.

“We have also capitalised on the targeted awareness opportunities through the Coca Cola games, during which our team was also involved in the promotion of the public health measures and awareness campaigns.

“Zone nurses and health inspectors were also available at the games site providing education and information materials to participants,” Ms Akbar said.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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