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Health Teams Target 236,000 Child Immunisations In Three Weeks

  The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is targeting 236,000 child immunisations in its three–week measles and rubella immunisation nation-wide campaign. Family Health National Advisor, Dr Torika Tamani confirmed
09 Sep 2017 11:00
Health Teams Target 236,000 Child Immunisations In Three Weeks
(Sitting, from left) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) deputy representative Vathinee Jit Jaturunt, Director of Pacific Technical support and World Health Organisation Representative to the South Pacific Dr Corinne Capuano and Ministry of Health and Medical Services Family Health National Advisor, Dr Torika Tamani during the campaign launch at Namosi House in Suva on September 8, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

 

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is targeting 236,000 child immunisations in its three–week measles and rubella immunisation nation-wide campaign.

Family Health National Advisor, Dr Torika Tamani confirmed the number during the campaign launch at the Namosi House in Suva yesterday.

Dr Tamani said some teams would be deployed to various divisions from next week.

“There are four main divisions and under each division are sub divisions,” Dr Tamani said.

“Each subdivision on average will have four to 10 teams of which each team consists of four members,” she said.

“After today’s (yesterday) launch teams are ready to carry out immunising programmes, depending on what the subdivisional teams have planned, while some teams will be starting on Monday.”

Dr Tamani confirmed that the main focus of the campaign were children in primary schools, special schools and kindergartens.

“We are looking at about more than 95 per cent of children and will be immunising children between the ages of one to 10 all over the country,” she said.

“My strong advice and recommendation is for parents and guardians to bring their children to the nearest health facility or allow health teams into their homes for immunising during their visits to their communities and villages.

“This is important because otherwise our immunising campaign is futile.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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