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MOH clinics prepared to deal with meningococcal cases

August 21, 2019 5:18 pm

Public health facilities are prepared to ensure all Fijians get immediate treatment if infected with the meningococcal disease.

Health Minister, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says anyone showing symptoms of the disease which includes a sudden fever, red and purple rash, nausea and a headache should urgently see a health practitioner.

“We are working very hard to ensure that all our facilities continue to accommodate all Fijians and that our doctors and nurses on the front line, they have a high index of suspicion for communicable disease and when they have somebody who comes and they are concerned about it, that they are management pathways and treatment guidelines that we use, that they use and it’s about making sure that we can come and access that treatment.”

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Dr. Waqainabete says other than meningococcal, health facilities are also prepared to deal with other communicable diseases such as Dengue, Leptospirosis, and Typhoid to name a few.

Meanwhile, 12 Fijians have died from the meningococcal disease, six died last year and another six so far this year which included two children aged 16 and four.

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