The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS) has been working closely with the Ministry of Education and World Health Organization (WHO) to address the recent outbreak of meningococcal disease at the St John’s College Cawaci in Levuka, Ovalau Island.
Meningococcal disease is a life threatening bacterial infection that usually causes inflammation on the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and/or blood poisoning (meningococcemia). Whilst the disease is not common, it is a very serious illness that can develop quickly and cause death.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita (Severe TC Gita) intensified into a Category 5 (CAT5) system this morning and continues to move westward at 16km/hr. It is expected to gradually weaken as it tracks to southwest and away from Fiji.
Severe TC Gita was located near 21.2 degrees south latitude and 177.3 degrees east longitude or about 260 km south southwest of Kadavu at 3pm today and continues to move westsouthwest direction at about 15km/hr.
FIJI METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF FIJI
MEDIA RELEASE No.35
Severe TC Gita (Category 4) entered Fiji Waters this morning and passed just south of Ono-ilau at around 1.30pm this afternoon.
Hurricane force winds of 68 knots and maximum momentary gusts of 84 knots were recorded at Ono-i-lau at 2pm this afternoon as TC Gita tracked westward. Vanuabalavu also recorded strong and gusty winds (Table 1).
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 29 issued 1920 UTC Monday 12 February 2018
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 29 issued 1922 UTC Monday 12 February 2018