WHO HELPING TO STOP SPREAD OF MEASLES IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji (November 25 - PACNEWS)---The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided Fiji with 80,000 vials of vaccine for use in a campaign to help contain an outbreak of measles in the country.

In addition, WHO also is supplying 370,000 syringes with needles and a large supply of safety boxes, The Sunday Times reports.

Government pharmacist Abdul Asam says because of the risk of AIDS and HIV, the safety boxes will be used to store all used needles and syringes before they are incinerated.

Sister Tui Odovakavula of the Suva Health Office said Fiji is very fortunate to receive such a large supply of vaccine, considering the number of measles cases coming to the office's attention each day.

The measles immunization campaign, which began last week, is targeted at children between the ages of nine months and 14 years in Fiji's Western, Central and Northern Divisions.

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