COVID-19: AUSMAT team deployed to Fiji

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary, Dr. James Fong. Picture: FILE/JOVESA NAISUA

A multi-disciplinary Australian Medical Assistance Team has deployed to Fiji to assist with the provision of healthcare services.

This was confirmed by Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong saying the team will be assisting primarily in the Central Division.

“Our main priority will be on creating additional medical spaces that can offer non-COVID care to patients and strengthen our infection control protocols,” Dr Fong said.

“The AUSMAT team will deploy for 28-days starting next week.

“The members of the deployment are all fully-vaccinated so we have amended our quarantine requirements to 10 days to allow them to deploy quickly upon arrival to Fiji,” he added.

Dr Fong said while Fiji had not seen high rates of hospitalisations and fatalities so far, warned that could change if the virus spread further among more vulnerable segments of the population.

He advised those who have the chance to be vaccinated to come forward.

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