Wheel Chair donation will boost assistance to patients.

Wheel Chair donation will boost assistance to patients.

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 The Minister for Health and medical services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete welcomed and praised the hardwork of   Wheel chair foundation USA while receiving the new 110 wheechairs donation last Friday.

This donation has been spearheaded by Mr Chetan Singh Heyer of the wheelchairfoundation.org of United States of America, former resident of Ba in Fiji, after working closely with Ministry of Health in identifying the need for wheelchairs in the country

To date an accumulated total of 550 wheelchairs has been handed over to Ministry since 2012 and this has been distributed to the Health facilities around the country for patient use and also to identified patients who are in need of such assistance.

While handing over the donation Mr Heyer expressed his satisfaction for being able to arrange for this assistance for the needy people of Fiji.

“This will give them mobility to move around and be productive and they do not have to depend on others. My message to them is to use the wheelchairs wisely”, Mr. Heyer said.

“I would like to thank the following people, Dr. Waqainabete, Current Minister of Health and Medical Services for accepting the current 110 wheelchairs, Dr. Neil Sharma, former Minister of Health Fiji, who arranged and pioneered this wheel chair project allowing medical aid to arrive tax free and storage till distributed. Jeremaia Mataika of Fiji Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Service Centre, Dr. Santokh Singh, Auckland NZ, Rotary and Lions Clubs, Lords Jeweler’s, Vodafone and many supporters in USA and Fiji”.

Hon. Waqainabete thanked each and every one who were involved in this project and assured them that the medical staff will take utmost care of these wheel chairs as this will assist the health department for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC ADVISORY: MEASLES ALERT

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The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is alerting passengers on flights from Auckland to Nadi, and Nadi to Los Angeles, on Tuesday July 23rd that they may have been exposed to measles. A New Zealand citizen tested positive for measles in the United States and is known to have traveled on those flights during the infective period.

 

The flight details:

 

FJ 410 from Auckland to Nadi (arrival in Nadi airport at 4.05pm)

FJ 810 from Nadi to Los Angeles (departed Nadi airport 9.40pm)

 

Passengers on these flights, and anyone in the Nadi Airport international transit and/or departure lounges from 4.05pm to 11.40pm on Tuesday July 23rd, should watch for signs of measles.

 

Symptoms include:

Fever, runny nose, cough, sore and red eyes. A rash starts a few days after these symptoms and spreads all over the body.

 

If you were on one of those flights, or you were in the Nadi Airport international transit or departure lounges between 4.05pm and 11.40 pm on July 23rd, please call:

 

Western Division:

9970114  or 9311529

 

Northern Division

9086415

 

Central Division

9232785

 

If you do develop symptoms, please contact one of the above numbers immediately and avoid public areas.

 

The Ministry is also advising that there are measles outbreaks in New Zealand, including in Auckland and Wellington. All international travellers are urged to ensure they are up to date with their measles vaccinations. If you are planning international travel and have not been vaccinated, or are unsure of your vaccination status, measles vaccine is available free of charge at your nearest Ministry of Health and Medical Services health centre.

 

 

Measles information

 

Transmission

Measles is a highly infectious airborne viral disease that is spread by coughing and sneezing. You are at risk of getting measles if you are not immune i.e. if you have not been vaccinated, or you have never had the disease.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of measles include: Fever, runny nose, cough, sore and red eyes. A rash starts a few days after these symptoms and spreads all over the body.

 

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for measles, as it is your body’s immune system that fights off the disease. Most people recover from a measles infection in 8-10 days with rest, and ensuring that they are eating and drinking to avoid dehydration.

 

Complications

However, some people infected with measles develop severe complications such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) or encephalitis (brain swelling). These people require hospitalization. Children under the age of 5, babies younger than 1 year old, pregnant women, adults over the age of 20, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk of complications.

 

Prevention

An effective vaccine exists for measles. Since 2003, all children in Fiji are offered 2 doses of the combination measles-rubella vaccine: first when they are 1 year old and the 2nd at school entry. Fiji’s immunization coverage for children is reported at 95% – which is good. The Ministry also conducted a supplemental campaign in 2017 for all 1 to 10 year olds.

 

Measles in Fiji

Because we have an effective immunization program, measles is rare in Fiji. Our last outbreak was in 2006, and there have been 0 cases reported for years since. However, outbreaks around the world, including in neighboring countries, puts Fiji at risk of having travel related cases

MEDIA STATEMENT- MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

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Issued: 17/10/2018

ZIKA VIRUS IS NOT A THREAT IN FIJI

In response to misleading media reports, the Health Ministry would like to clarify that the Zika virus disease is currently not a public health threat in Fiji. The Ministry conducts regular surveillance, which includes laboratory testing, for Zika virus disease in Fiji with confirmatory testing done in the country at the National Public Health Laboratory. In 2017, there was one confirmed case detected. However, there has never been a reported case of Zika virus disease related complications in pregnancy (e.g. microcephaly) in Fiji. The Ministry continues to be vigilant in our surveillance for Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. We continue to encourage all Fijians and visitors to protect themselves from mosquito bites, which includes using DEET containing mosquito repellant.

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