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‘Serua and Namosi A No-Go Zone’, Fiji Health Ministry’s Dr. Sahu Khan Warns

Dr Sahu Khan added that children under the age of six months cannot be given the vaccine, neither pregnant women nor those with weak immune systems.
13 Nov 2019 11:59
‘Serua and Namosi A No-Go Zone’, Fiji Health Ministry’s Dr. Sahu Khan Warns
Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan.

The province of Serua and Namosi is a no-go zone unless travel is necessary, says the Ministry of Health and Medical Services as the outbreak of measles is confined to the area.

Head of the Health Protection at the ministry, Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan confirmed that access to free vaccinations will be given to all residents in Serua and Namosi over the age of six months.

“Vaccination is very important. We have not had outbreaks of measles recently because our immunisation coverage is very high. In terms of vaccination right now, we are advising anyone who lives in the Serua Namosi area to get vaccinated,” Dr Sahu Khan said.

“For the rest of Fiji, there are two specific groups that we are offering free vaccines to. The first is children and this is routine. This is not new; every child in Fiji is offered two doses, one at six months and one before they enter school.

“The other group of people we are offering free vaccine to are travellers. If you are travelling internationally please check your immunisation status. If you are not sure about it or have not been vaccinated, make sure you get vaccinated two weeks in advance.”

And those who are travelling to the Serua Namosi area have to be vaccinated at least two weeks in advance.

There are four confirmed cases of measles in the country. Two are children aged four months and six years old while the other two are adults aged between 20 and 25.

Dr Sahu Khan said the Ministry of Health has 90,000 doses of the vaccine, which was enough to cater for those in the affected zones and those wishing to travel.

She said measles vaccine had been administered to 95 per cent of the population in the affected area.

Dr Sahu Khan added that children under the age of six months cannot be given the vaccine,  neither pregnant women nor those with weak immune systems.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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