Measles outbreak: All sporting tournaments postponed

A staff nurse draws vaccine during a vaccination drive at Wailali settlement in Wainadoi between Suva and Navua. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

ALL sporting tournaments and competitions around Fiji have been postponed to next year.

This is in light of the measles outbreak in some parts of the country.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has now reported 15 confirmed cases to date.

The postponement of sporting activities was announced at a press conference in Suva today.

Fiji National Sports Commission CEO Peter Mazey, FASANOC chief executive Lorraine Mar, Fiji and the Pacific’s first World Rugby Council member Cathy Wong and Ministry of Youth and Sports PS Maritino Nemani were present at the press conference.

Mazey said the FNSC was determined to put health and safety first, particularly after the ministry advised against large gatherings of people, especially in the Central Division.

“Measles can spread very easily among large groups of people if they are not immune, and who can take the disease back into their communities,” he said.

Sporting organisations are advised to gather at the FMF Gymnasium on Friday to clarify more on this issue.

The postponement of events are focused only for December and January.

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