Men-C closes school

Navesau SDA students after school yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

Navesau SDA students after school yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

THE Seventh-day Adventist Church has confirmed an outbreak of meningococcal disease at Navesau Adventist High School in Wainibuka, Tailevu.

Regional education director Beverley Norman said as a result, the school had been closed until further notice.

He said the school was working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Ministry of Education on addressing the outbreak.

“We do regret what happened with our students and we are doing everything in our power to assist the school and all the relevant authorities,” he said.

Four students of Navesau Adventist High School are admitted in hospital with meningococcal.

“At the moment the school is closed and this was done to ensure that no other people, especially our students, are put at risk,” Mr Norman said.

“I have not been briefed about the actual cause or how the disease spread but we continue to work with the authorities to find out what happened. We hope for the speedy recovery of our students.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said the ministry was aware of the situation at Navesau Adventist High School. She said she could not release any further information until their enquiries were completed.

In an email response to this newspaper yesterday, communicable diseases acting national adviser Dr Aalisha Sahukhan said the ministry would release an update on the meningococcal disease outbreak in the country.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will be releasing a statement this week to update the public and keep everyone informed of the status of the Men-C outbreak, including the progress of our response.

“We plan to have this out at latest before the start of the Easter weekend,” she said.

Questions sent to the Ministry of Education remained unanswered.