Practitioners claim they were not consulted on Men C

THE Fiji College of General Practitioners (FCGP) claims the Health Ministry had failed to seek proper advice from relevant health agencies on the meningoccocal disease outbreak.

FCGP president Dr John Fatiaki claimed that following the outbreak this year, the ministry had not sought their opinion or the opinion of the Fiji Medical Association.

“For us as doctors who treat patients all the time, we do have an interest in how we spend the money that we allocate for treating people,” he said. Dr Fatiaki confirmed that private doctors have had people presenting themselves to their clinics with Men-C suspected cases. “We are diagnosing it in private practice, but we are sending it immediately for further confirmation and management in hospitals which is where it should be treated.”

He said it was imperative for the general public to be made aware of the disease.

“It is important that the general public is informed about the disease. It’s a dangerous disease, we have an outbreak which means it has occurred more often than the normal number of cases we’ve seen, but the numbers are still very small and it’s not an easy infection.”

The ministry of said it would be providing a communication material relevant to questions sent to them by this newspaper over the next few weeks.