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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.





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