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Student Nurse Latest Men-C Victim: Health

The Ministry of Health and Medi­cal Services has confirmed that a 22-year-old nursing stu­dent died recently as a result of Menin­gococcal (Men-C) disease. This latest death, at Labasa Divisional Hospi­tal
04 Jun 2018 14:04
Student Nurse Latest Men-C Victim: Health
IN HAPPIER DAYS... Donisha Murti.

The Ministry of Health and Medi­cal Services has confirmed that a 22-year-old nursing stu­dent died recently as a result of Menin­gococcal (Men-C) disease.

This latest death, at Labasa Divisional Hospi­tal last Wednes­day, brings the confirmed Meningococcal disease related death count to five so far this year.

Donisha Murti, who was a final year student of Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education, was taken to Labasa Hospital by her colleagues after she complained of body pain, fever and vomit­ing. After a few hours during treatment young Donisha died.

Her father, Devendra Murti, of Lautoka, flew to Labasa the next day.

He told the Fiji Sun that the advice given by the medical professionals was that his daughter had died from Meningo­coccal.

“They had carried out a blood culture and found positive Meningococ­cal,” Mr Murti said.

“I was shocked and heartbroken thinking how it was possible that only my daughter suf­fered from Meningococ­cal.

“I was told that there would be no post mortem examina­tion so on Friday I brought the cas­ket in a plane to return home.”

He is very sad and regrets send­ing her daughter to Labasa.

“My wife and I have been looking after her one-year and eight-month-old baby girl and I don’t know what I will tell her when she grows up,” he said.

Men-C has been in Fiji since 2016 but he hopes that there won’t be more people suffering from the deadly disease.

Donish’s funeral will be held tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Minis­try of Health and Medi­cal Services, in a state­ment, said that it would continue to urge mem­bers of the public to protect themselves and their loved ones because there was a need to help fight off the deadly dis­ease. Shratika Naidu

Edited by Percy Kean

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