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All but Serua/Namosi health centre open normal hours

November 20, 2019 1:07 pm
Dr. Waqainabete is urging working Fijians to ask their employer for time off in order to get vaccinated.

Health centres not in high-risk areas will provide measles vaccination only from 8am to 4:30 pm.

Minister responsible, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has clarified they won’t overwork staff because they may need to pull long hours if the measles outbreak gets out of hand.

“Serua/ Namosi is where we got our staff working 24/7 and they’re working through the weekends. They are going into the villages and we are replenishing staff in that area. All the other areas that do not have that exposure – at the moment our divisional managers and the Permanent Secretary are utilizing wisdom around how we rotate our staff so in preparedness.”

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The Minister says the measles outbreak is still confined to the Serua/Namosi subdivision and their officers are working around the clock.

“We thank God that at the moment we still have seven cases and none of them has been very sick. And we are holding at the moment. Our people are on the ground in Serua/Namosi and they’re working through the villages and they are on shift 24/7 and to be able to cover that we are working with various stakeholders.”

Dr. Waqainabete is urging working Fijians to ask their employer for time off in order to get vaccinated.

The latest confirmed cases are a seven and three-month-old from Wainadoi and a 19-year-old from Navunikabi in Namosi.

There are two more suspected cases in Navunikabi.

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