Ministry of Health

Fifty new COVID-19 cases recorded in Fiji

Another 63 new cases have been recorded for 12 October.

The Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said in the past seven days, 163 cases were recorded in the central division, 211 new cases in the western division, and 17 new cases in the eastern division.

Fong added that the central division cases constitute 71 percent of the cumulative total cases nationally, with the western division making up 27% and 2% in the northern and eastern divisions.

There are ten COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 7 July to 12 October, 2021.

Vanuatu’s MOH conducts mental health activities

Acting Medical Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Obed said the field of mental health is still a relatively new era in Vanuatu.

“Vanuatu has its challenges when it comes to getting help or support for mental wellbeing. For example, stigma and discrimination, lack of understanding of the importance of mental health, scattered islands, socio-economic status and many more. But each of us has a role to play to support each other and stay mentally healthy,” he said in a statement.

Fiji records 146 new cases and one death from COVID-19

The Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said 69 cases are from the Western Division, 68 cases from the Central and nine cases from the Eastern Division.

There was one lone COVID-19 death reported.

A 93-year-old unvaccinated man from Suva died at home.

Dr Fong said there have been eight more deaths of positive patients classified as non-COVID deaths.

There have been 217 new recoveries since the last update and there are currently 12,870 active cases in the country.

Over 11,000 people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Vanuatu

A total of 50,606 doses of the vaccine has been administered so far.

According to health officials, a person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose.

More than 40,000 have received their first dose of the vaccine.

845 health workers have been vaccinated and over 1,000 are frontline workers.

The MOH reported 237 adverse events following immunization, majority notified to be mild to moderate side-effects.

11 of the cases classified as serious adverse events required assessment.

Vanuatu records 76 cases of leptospirosis

Sixty eight of the total cases are from SANMA Province, three in SHEFA, two from both MALAMPA and PENAMA and one from TORBA.

Assessment has been done to confirm areas with possible exposure.

The Ministry of Health said community awareness session are being conducted in all provinces to sensitize population about the transmission of Leptospirosis and its protection measures.

Over 1,000 people recorded to be fully vaccinated in Vanuatu

1, 687 people are recipients of the Sinopharm vaccine and 34 people are AstraZeneca recipients.

The total figure has increased and will be updated in the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) next situation update.

The total number of doses administered since the vaccination rollout launch until early this week stands at 31, 028.

According to the MoH, there have been no serious adverse events or deaths confirmed to be related to the COVID-19 vaccine product, quality defect or immunization error.

Vanuatu hospital reports 18 dengue cases

The Vanuatu Ministry of Health has urged residents in Port Vila and surrounding areas to take the necessary steps to prevent infection.

The ministry wants people to wear clothes that cover as much of the body as possible, to use repellents and mosquito nets and other physical barriers such as screens, closed doors and windows.

They also asked people to eliminate opportunities for standing water to collect, which provides places for the the mosquitoes breed - such as open drains, blocked manholes and old tyres left outside.

Vanuatu’s MOH conducts refresher training in all TB labs

The training will ensure all lab officers maintain the knowledge and skills at all times and to ensure that all sputum smear are of quality, reliable and economical.

The training was organised by the Ministry of Health through the tuberculosis Unit.

Sputum smear is a very effective tool used to diagnose TB disease in a health setting. Sputum are usually requested by doctors or nurses and are collected from TB suspects early in the morning for two or three days. After four days the patient gets the result back.

Fiji records more than 700 new COVID-19 cases

Eleven people tested positive for COVID-19 died between 22nd July to 27th July.

There have now been 206 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 204 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

Another 102 COVID-19 positive patients also died but their deaths were not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

They were reported to have had serious medical conditions before contracting COVID-19.

Vanuatu receives 47,900 disposable masks and 20,000 disposable gloves

The association also provided two cartons of disposable protective clothing and two cartons of protective shields and forehead thermometer. 

The donation was made to the Ministry of Health, yesterday.

VCFA President, Mildred Sope said the donation is critical to support the government's preparedness efforts for any Coronavirus outbreak.