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MINISTRY TO COMMENCE MEN-C IMMUNISATION IN The EASTERN DIVISION

MINISTRY TO COMMENCE MEN-C  IMMUNISATION IN The EASTERN DIVISION
Men-C immunisation will roll out to the Eastern Division this week.
August 26
11:27 2018

The National Meningococcal (Men C) Immunisation Programme, which is currently being rolled out in the Western and Northern Division will commence in the Eastern Division next week.

An immunisation team comprising of health officials will leave for the Eastern Division through the recently launched and first of its kind mobile hospital vessel “MLC Veivueti” on Sunday this week.

The programme which initially started in the Central Division and Ra subdivision on May 14, this year has seen over 100,000 children and teenagers aged between one to 19 years have been vaccinated.

In the phase one of this National Meningococcal (Men C) Immunisation Programme with the 124,830 doses made available, a total of 124,920 children and teenagers have been immunised in the Central and Ra Subdivision.

Through the second phase of the programme with 200,000 doses made available more than 94,000 children in the western and eastern divisions have been immunised.

While Eastern coverage will see an expected 20,000 number of children and tenagers aged between one to 19 years being immunised with the beginning of the third school term next week.

A Ministry of Health Team will be in the Eastern Division this weekk for the Men-C  Programme.

A Ministry of Health Team will be in the Eastern Division this weekk for the Men-C
Programme.

Minister for Health

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar has acknowledged the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Ms Akbar has expressed gratitude to the New Zealand Government for its contribution of $NZ1 million (FJ$ 1,410,400) for the National MenC Immunisation Programme.

New Zealand’s existing support to UNICEF Pacific for new-born and child health supports strengthening the regional cold chain capacity in Fiji that is necessary for vaccination programmes.

“Healthy communities is one of the most important outcomes that New Zealand seeks through its development cooperation with our Pacific partners. We support the Fijian Government in its efforts to protect vulnerable groups from this serious disease,” says Jonathan Curr, New Zealand High Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Ms Akbar has also thanked all the parents and guardians who have consented to have their children immunised along with all the teachers and communities for their ongoing support for the MenC Immunisation Programme.

Sincere appreciation has also been expressed by Ms Akbar towards all the health staff and Community Health Workers in all the divisions who are part of the National MenC Immunisation Programme.

The health team have geared up for the National MenC Immunisation rollout to begin next week in Levuka, Lomaiviti group (Koro, Gau, Batiki, Moturiki, Nairai), Kadavu, Rotuma and Lakeba along with other islands in the Lau Group will continue thereafter.

The Ministry’s Family Health Team has been conducting community awareness and outreach programmes as well to emphasise the importance of the MenC Immunisation Programme and also on the prevention strategies for the meningococcal disease.

Consent Forms are also being provided to the parents with information factsheets to reiterate on the importance of this immunisation programme.

It would like to remind the general public that Men-C Immunisation is safe, it is effective, and it saves lives.

Families are advised to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the meningococcal disease and practice proper hygiene to prevent it from spreading.

Men-C is treatable when caught in its early stages, but early detection is key to survival.

If there is any sign suspect meningococcal disease, immediately go to a health facility to be assessed.

The Ministry has urged parents to give consent for their children to be immunised.

The MOH is reiterating that Meningococcal disease is a deadly disease and it’s in the best interest of the children and teenagers that they should get immunised.

For children aged one-5 years old, who do not attend school, parents and guardians can get them immunised by taking them to the nearest health centre or nursing station.

For children and teenagers aged five -17 years old, and in school, immunisation teams will be visiting schools and immunising children under parental consent.

If any child or teenager misses out on their immunisation at school, parents are encouraged to take their child or teenager to the nearest health centre or nursing station.

For teenagers aged 18-19 years old, undertaking tertiary level studies, stays home or is working, it is advised that you visit the nearest health centre or nursing station.

Consent forms are provided to children under the age of 18 years, and immunisation will only be given to those children with a signed parental consent form.

Families are advised to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of this deadly disease and practice proper hygiene to prevent it from spreading.

Men-C is treatable when caught in its early stages, but early detection is key to survival.

For further information about the meningococcal disease, signs and symptoms and prevention measures people are advised to visit the Ministry’s website: http://www.health.gov.fj/?page_id=6575 for information on Immunisation roll out programme visit http://www.health.gov.fj/?page_id=6884   

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