Alarm is being raised in Fiji over the weekend after seven infant deaths have occurred so far this month alone.
Fijian Police on Saturday confirmed a one-month-old infant who was sick and died at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital was the latest victim.
In addition, another one month and one week old baby taken to the CWM hospital by her relatives was pronounced dead on arrival. The post mortem result revealed the cause of death being viral pneumonia.
A similar report was lodged at the Sigatoka Police Station where another eight months old baby who was suffering from fever and having breathing difficulties was pronounced dead.
Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said this week alone four more infant deaths have been reported involving a ten, eight and four months old baby girls, as well as a one year old girl.
According to post mortem results, most of the deaths were as a result of viral pneumonia and a few cases of diarrhea contrary to an earlier assurance by the Ministry of Health.
The vaccine introduced in September was part of efforts to cut down the number of pneumonia cases in children under five and to reduce infant deaths.
Ministry of Health statistics show that each year over 550 cases of pneumonia are confirmed in children under five who have been admitted to hospital.