4 Dec 2019

Sports events cancelled in Fiji over measles outbreak

1:20 pm on 4 December 2019

All sporting tournaments and events in Fiji have been called off due to the measles outbreak in the country.

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Photo: Facebook / Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services

There are now 15 confirmed cases in the country.

Fiji's National Sports Commission said the postponement was due to advice from the health ministry against mass public gatherings.

The Commission said it was determined to put health and safety first.

Permanent Secretary for Sports, Maritino Nemani, said while the government could not stop individuals from holding their own tournaments or events, he urged the public to be "proactive and exercise wisdom" and take precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, a batch of 200,000 measles vaccines arrived in Fiji this week, prompting the second phase of the country's measles immunisation campaign.

The Health Ministry said phase one of the campaign saw close to 100,000 people vaccinated.

That included more than 20,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

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