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MLC Veivueti in Yasawa to Administer Vaccinations

Medical Landing Craft (MLC) Veivueti is in the Yasawa group of islands in the Western Division this week to vac­cinate students. This is its third trip following its commissioning by
17 Oct 2018 11:00
MLC Veivueti in Yasawa to Administer Vaccinations
MLC Veivueti berthed at Government Shipping Services on May 31, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Medical Landing Craft (MLC) Veivueti is in the Yasawa group of islands in the Western Division this week to vac­cinate students.

This is its third trip following its commissioning by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in May this year.

Government Shipping Services Radio operator Kaiava Mate said the vessel was in the Yasawas ad­ministering Meningococcal vacci­nation to children under 19-years.

MLC Veivueti’s maiden trip was to Gau in the Lomaiviti Group fol­lowed by the Lau group.

To date medical officers on board have vaccinated more than 2000 children.

“More than 2000 children are al­ready vaccinated by the medical personnels on board,” Mr Mate said.

He said for Lau the vessel had ad­ministered vaccinations to 60 per cent of those that need to be vacci­nated. This included those from 1 year old to 19 year-olds.

“The vessel’s second voyage was to Lau group Matuku, Totoya, Vatoa, Ono-I-Lau, Oneata, Kabara, Fulaga, Vanuavatu, Nayau and Cicia.

“It left for its third voyage on Octo­ber 15 for the Yasawas and is expect­ed back on Saturday, October 20”.

Veivueti, apart from providing medical services to patients in the maritime islands, will also provide support during disaster relief and humanitarian operations.

The $8m medical vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art apparatuses like ventilator machines and medi­cal lasers to treat serious eye com­plications.

Veivueti in the iTaukei language means to help someone in a time of need.

The vessel was designed by United Ship Design of Malaysia.

The medical landing craft is specif­ically designed and built to provide both primary and secondary medi­cal services and rapid response to emergencies.

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