Dr Waqainabete: Measles started from infected regional country

Measles vaccine Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

WE had no measles in Fiji, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

And he told Parliament that the re-emergence of measles in the country started from one of the countries that was infected in the region.

“There are countries in the region such as New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa, and the Honourable Prime Minister and I reiterate the condolences that we have as a nation towards our brothers and sisters in Samoa and the challenges that they are going through at the moment,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“We are also grateful that Australia and New Zealand and also other development partners such as the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) are working hand in hand with our brothers and sisters and colleagues in Samoa to be able to try and stop and eradicate measles that is running rampant in Samoa at the moment.”

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