Help on way

FOLLOWING the measles outbreak in the Solomon Islands, Fiji’s Health Ministry, UNICEF and other stakeholders last week airlifted 50,000 doses of Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccines with diluents worth $72,000 to Honiara.

The doses are expected to be made available to affected areas within Guadalcanal, Malaita, Central Islands and Western Province, UNICEF confirmed.

“Measles can cause death and disability, including blindness, brain damage and deafness. It spreads by coughing, spitting, sneezing and overcrowding,” explained UNICEF Pacific representative Dr Karen Allen while expressing her gratitude to Fiji for the assistance.

“Therefore caretakers should bring their children as young as six months — and adults up to 30 years should come to a vaccination site urgently and receive vaccination for free.”

Altogether, Fiji has shipped 115,000 MR doses.