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24 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

Overview

• The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) declared an outbreak of meningococcal C on Tuesday March 20th, 2018.

• The Ministry, through the National Meningococcal Disease Taskforce, continues to coordinate the response to the outbreak, including strengthening surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, clinical management, public health interventions and risk communications.

• The Fijian Government has committed to conducting a mass meningococcal C vaccination program for all Fijians aged 1-19 during this outbreak.

19 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

Overview

The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease on Tuesday March 20th, 2018.

The Ministry, through the National Meningococcal Disease Taskforce, continues to coordinate the response to the outbreak, including strengthening surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, clinical management, public health interventions and risk communications.

Meningococcal C vaccination (with ACWY conjugate vaccine-Menactra) was conducted from April 5th for students of Navesau Adventist School.

19 Apr 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Keni was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as a Tropical Disturbance 13F (TD13F) analyzed far West of Fiji. TD13F was later upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone Category 1 as it moved East South East towards Fiji.

17 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

This situation Report No. 22 was issued from the National Emergency Operation Centre and covers the period from 0800hrs to 2000hrs on Monday 16th April, 2018.

1.0 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Initial Damage Assessment (IDA) Teams have landed in Vunisea and will be deployed today.

  • New request of 3,000 food pack for Kadavu submitted to Ministry of Economy.

-- Water Authority of Fiji continue to monitor restoration of water and resources are available 24/7 for emergencies. Water carting continues to areas in need.

13 Apr 2018 description

On 10 April, the category 3 Tropical Cyclone Keni moved towards Fiji (Fiji Meteorological Service, 10/04/2018). More than 8,900 people are sheltered in evacuation centres across the country (ECHO, 12/04/2018). Western Division and Kadavu Island (Eastern Division) were the most affected areas.
People in affected areas are in urgent need of food and water (Asia Pacific Report, 12/04/2018; Fiji Times, 12/04/2018). There are concerns for people living on Kadavu because of the difficulty in accessing the island and because of challenges with communication following the cyclone.

12 Apr 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

· Outbreak of meningococcal disease group C is ongoing in Fiji. The Fiji MHMS will continue to post updates on PacNet. The last update was posted on 6 April 2018 For details of previous updates please refer to: MHMS media release

Dengue:

· There are ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreaks in Fiji, Vanuatu. The weekly number of cases (dengue serotype-2) reported is decreasing in Tonga and Samoa

11 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

This Situation Report No.17 is issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre and covers the period from 2000 hours – 0800 hours on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Evacuations Centres in Lau and Lomaiviti in the Eastern Division are now closed as well as the Northern Division EOC’s.

• The total number of active Evacuation Centres is 202 with 8,935 evacuees.

• 23 roads in the Central, 50 roads in the Western and 17 roads in the Northern Division are still closed.

11 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

This Situation Report No.16 is issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre and covers the period from 0800 hours – 2000 hours on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

1.0 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Schools in the Western Division, greater Labasa area and nine (9) in the Central Division are still closed.

  • Two Hundred and Seventy three (273) Evacuation Centres currently active with Fourteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty One (14,551) evacuees.

06 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

Overview

The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) declared an outbreak of meningococcal C on Tuesday March 20th, 2018.

The Ministry, through the National Meningococcal Disease Taskforce, continues to coordinate the response to the outbreak, including strengthening surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, clinical management, public health interventions and risk communications.

Surveillance

05 Apr 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

• Outbreak of meningococcal disease group C is ongoing in Fiji. As of 29 March 2018 of there have been 38 cases including 4 deaths since 1 January 2018. Majority of the cases are from the Central division and all cases are less than 19 years of age.

05 Apr 2018 description

Cyclone Josie has delayed vaccinations against an outbreak of meningitis at a Fiji high school.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

04 Apr 2018 description

This final report marks the conclusion of the Tropical Cyclone Winston Emergency Appeal operation that spanned a 19-month period from 22 February 2016 to 30 September 2017. The Fiji Red Cross Society, with IFRC support, reached 77,000 people in the areas of health and care; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; shelter and settlements (and household items); shelter recovery; restoring family links; National Society capacity building and quality programming.

29 Mar 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Tonga, Vanuatu

• Prolonged Fever: Fiji

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

• Outbreak is ongoing in Fiji. There has been a cluster identified in a boarding school in the Central Division. The cases are being treated at the tertiary hospital (Colonial War Memorial Hospital), while contacts of the cases have received appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis. Source: Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Media .

28 Mar 2018 description

A school in Fiji has closed for the rest of the week after an outbreak of meningitis.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Mar 2018 description

"Fijians are very happy people. They brush things away. But with this one, it was very hard to pick up again"

by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 26 March 2018 00:30 GMT

SUVA, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first wave that slammed into the beach-front community of Nasau, on Fiji's Koro island, swept away every home in view.

25 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Fiji

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Fiji. Meningococcal disease is a life-threating disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. It can cause infections in the lining of the brain (meningitis) and in the blood (meningococcemia), or both. These conditions are very serious and can be deadly, but can be treated if detected early.

25 Mar 2018 description

UNICEF in Fiji says the meningitis outbreak can be addressed by families paying particular attention to basic hygiene.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.