The Ministry of Health and Medical Services did not leave any stones unturned to immunize children and adults during the meningococcal outbreak period.
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says more than 330,000 students were immunized since the outbreak was declared in March of this year. The outbreak period officially ended earlier this week following a steady decrease in the cases.
“I would like to commend the health officials and stakeholders who showed commitment to a course. The Ministry immunized close to 91% of children and adults in Fiji. This was unprecedented during our fight to end the outbreak,” Waqainabete said.
However the Ministry is advising the members of the public not to rest on their laurels and report to the nearest health centers if symptoms of the disease persist.
“We are especially urging the parents of kids between the ages of 1 to 5 to be vigilant. While there were more adults who reported to the health facilities during the outbreak, our concern are the children. Kids between these ages are more prone to such diseases and quick actions by their parents and guardians can be very crucial.
“The symptoms are sudden fever, vomiting, head ache and stiff neck in adults and high fever, unusual crying, refusing to eat or drink, vomiting, drowsiness, changes in sleeping patterns seizure or fits and rashes on skin. Meningococcal disease can be treated if detected early,” he added.
Waqainabete also congratulated the Ministry of Health staff for their hard work and dedication to control the outbreak of this disease. He adds the vaccination campaign was thoroughly carried out and worked out well to ensure Fijians were protected during the outbreak.