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Measles Immunisation Campaign In West And Parts Of East Begin

Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said $2 million has already been used in response to the measles outbreak, last month.
14 Dec 2019 12:29
Measles Immunisation Campaign In West And Parts Of East Begin
Samabula Health Centre medical staff assist people with free measles vaccination.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services began their measles immunisation campaign in the Western Division and parts of the Eastern Division yesterday.

The teams will begin their measles immunisation campaign in the Northern Division starting next week Monday.

Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said $2 million has already been used in response to the measles outbreak, last month.

“At the end of the measles immunisation campaign, they are estimated to spend close to $5 million,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“The costs incurred are for the vaccination campaigns, logistics, transport, payment of overtime, health workers and operational activities.”

The health workers will begin going into the outer islands next week.

“Boats are going to Lomaiviti Group and Lau Group next week and we are on track and try to finish all vaccinations before Christmas Eve,” Dr Waqainabete added.

Head of Health Protection, Dr Alisha Sahu Khan, said they aim to wrap up their campaign before Christmas.

“As of now, over 200,000 people has been immunised,” Dr Sahu Khan said.

Dr Sahu Khan also acknowledged the expertise of the Australian government, the New Zealand government and the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) for their support services.

For more information on where you get immunised, look for the Ministry of Health measles advisory liftout inside this edition

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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