7000-plus children targeted for Men-C immunisation

Primary school students who were part of the Men-C immunisation program in the Central Division. Picture: FT FILE

THE Health Ministry hopes to immunise 7953 children in Tavua, Nadarivatu and Vatukoula through the National Meningococcal (Men-C) Immunisation Program. About 32,700 children in Nadi are also up for immunisation.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the maternal and child health team comprised zone nurses and health staff.

The program targets children aged one to 19 years.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Louise Kula Loosley said they had received a positive response from communities since the commencement of the program on July 12.

“The team has been able to immunise well over 4493 children aged one to 19 years. We have 21 primary schools to cover and five high schools have already been covered by the team. Here at the Tavua Health Centre, we are able to immunise 40 to 50 children per day.

“Most of the parents and families that bring their children for immunisation have been aware of the program through radio, television and newspaper ads and apart from that, our teams have also been conducting outreach awareness.”

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