- Sports News : Exciting Pacific Nations Cup schedule announced by World Rugby [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- Sports News : Former Fiji coach Ben Ryan says Super franchise could transform Pacific Island rugby [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- Sports News : Solomon Islands PM confirms 2023 Games support from Taiwan [24/05/2018 - Solomon Islands]
- News Feature : ACP Group Set to Negotiate as One in the new Modern Post Cotonou Agreement [24/05/2018 - Belgium]
- Business News : Islands Business acquires Newswire Fiji [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- News : SOLDELPA leader Rabuka granted bail [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- News : Former Prime Minister constitutional redress application struck out [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- News Feature : Pacific Island Journalists Feel the Urgency in Reporting Climate Change [24/05/2018 - Tonga]
- Business News : Samoa eyes Australia’s’ Pacific Labour Scheme [24/05/2018 - Samoa]
- Business News : Seasonal Workers on demand in Australia [24/05/2018 - Samoa]
- News : SODELPA leader Rabuka charged in relation to asset and liability declaration [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- News : NZDF set to start maritime patrols with Fiji [24/05/2018 - Fiji]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
The meningococcal disease has claimed four lives so far this year in Fiji while there were two other suspected related deaths.
Health Minister Rosy Akbar has also confirmed there are 46 cases of the killer disease as of 12 April.
She says of these; 22 cases are laboratory confirmed and 24 are either suspected or probable cases with similar symptoms but not diagnosed by the laboratory.
Akbar said there have been 27 cases in the Central division, 16 in the West, one from the East and two from the North.
“As of April 12, all cases were in the age groups of below 19. Of these males accounted 63% while females accounted for 37%. The response to this outbreak has been done with wide consultations with local and international experts and follows international best practices in control for the outbreak. The current case numbers in 2018 include a cluster of cases reported from Navesau Adventist Hugh School – a boarding school in Rakiraki.”
Akbar said the first case reported from Navesau was on February 28th and so far, there have been 10 cases reported from the school.
Students have been vaccinated with Menactra conjugated quadrivalent vaccine that has the capacity to address four different strains of men-C.
The Minister said they’re working closely with the WHO and UNICEF to ensure effective implementation of the vaccination program that will allow around 345,000 young Fijians to prevent themselves from MEN-C.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media