Fiji Time: 1:53 AM on Sunday 2 August

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 0.61530.5963
JPY 59.284856.2848
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.43260.4206
NZD 0.72270.6897
AUD 0.65180.6268
USD 0.47520.4582

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 31st July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Family, friends farewell Senimoli
  2. 80,000 mentally ill in Fiji
  3. Hope for quick recovery
  4. Fire destroys home
  5. Giants of Fiji soccer
  6. New facilities for Votualevu school students
  7. Milling woes
  8. Weed concern
  9. Micro-business grant distributed
  10. 180,000 for event

Top Stories this Week

  1. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  2. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  3. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  4. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  5. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  6. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)
  7. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  8. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)
  9. Teary farewell for trio Friday (31 Jul)
  10. Final goodbye Wednesday (29 Jul)