Fiji Time: 10:07 AM on Friday 30 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Safe from poliovirus

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

FIJIAN troops serving in the Middle East countries are safe from contracting the Polio virus, says RFMF Land Force commander Lieutenant Colonel Jone Kalouniwai.

The World Health Organization has determined the international spread of wild type poliovirus has constituted public health emergencies of international concern after polio outbreaks were confirmed in Iraq, Israel, Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Somalia.

Lt-Col Kalouniwai said all Fijian troops who serve in Iraq and in the Golan Heights had been vaccinated as required under United Nations regulations.

"The soldiers before they go across they have been all vaccinated, that's all part of the UN regulations and also part of the RFMF, before they go for any peacekeeping duties in the Middle East they have to be vaccinated," Lt-Col Kalouniwai said.

A travel advisory by WHO states the WHO Director General has issued specific International Health Regulations that all visitors travelling to the identified polio infected countries and those leaving those countries are to be vaccinated and also carry vaccination cards which will be checked upon arriving into or departing the infected countries.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64940.6304
JPY 50.608347.6083
GBP 0.37960.3716
EUR 0.44010.4281
NZD 0.68800.6550
AUD 0.65010.6251
USD 0.49600.4790

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 30th September 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Carjack case on to High Court
  2. Suspended MP vows to fight on
  3. Life on a thread
  4. Nakaora under probe
  5. BAF fines Times
  6. ALLOWANCE Parliament approves raise for MPs
  7. Carjacking in broad daylight
  8. Food assistance
  9. FSC works to ensure smooth mill operation
  10. Cane supply key

Top Stories this Week

  1. Dire straits Thursday (29 Sep)
  2. Rugby death Tuesday (27 Sep)
  3. Road closure Saturday (24 Sep)
  4. Rawaca out Sunday (25 Sep)
  5. Private jets attract attention at Nadi Airport Sunday (25 Sep)
  6. Three Cavuilati, 6 Olympians in Fiji 7s squad Sunday (25 Sep)
  7. Police investigate rugby 7s organiser Monday (26 Sep)
  8. Rawaca boosts program Monday (26 Sep)
  9. Judge convicts pastor in rape trial Monday (26 Sep)
  10. Judoka dies Thursday (29 Sep)