Men-C: First 63,000 doses of vaccine arrives

Dr Torika Tamani, left, with Ministry of Health officials with the Men-C vaccines that arrived yesterday afternoon. Picture: SUPPLIED/MOH

THE Ministry of Health is expected to vaccinate 124,000 people during the mass Men-C vaccination program as part of its first phase for the life-threatening meningococcal disease.
This was confirmed by the Ministry’s national advisor family health Dr Torika Tamani while receiving the first batch of the vaccines that arrived in the country yesterday.
Dr Tamani said the Ministry was happy that the first batch of 63,000 doses of the vaccine has arrived.
The Ministry expects to receive the second shipment of the vaccines tomorrow and the third shipment on Wednesday.
Dr Tamani confirmed that training for health officials will also begin tomorrow.
“There will be two other shipments, second shipment will arrive of the 7th of this month and third one to come in on the 9th for the first 124,000 dose to be received to complete the first phase,” Dr Tamani said.“We are only half way there after this then the hard work will begin with field workers (Nurses) will have to deliver vaccines to each and every child from the age of 1 to 19 years all over Fiji.”
A total of 300,000 Fijians between the targeted age group is expected to receive vaccinations.