COVID-19 cases remain at five in Fiji

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama makes his official announcement on the update of COVID-19 to the media as Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho looks on from the background during the press conference at Suvavou House in Suva on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country remains at five.

In a statement released this morning, the Health Ministry says there have been no new cases since Wednesday March 25.

The ministry says 32 fever clinics have been established across the country as of yesterday.

The clinics are operational from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Sunday and are based at strategic locations that can be conveniently accessed by the members of the public.

In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, the ministry is encouraging people to visit the clinics should they have a fever or develop any symptoms of COVID-19.

The Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; or
  • difficulty breathing.

People will not need to make any appointments with the doctors and nurses in these clinics.

The clinics were set up to ensure that the vulnerable members of the public are not exposed to the virus in regular hospitals/health centres.

Most of the Clinics are open from 8am-4pm, 7 days a week, with the exception of the following clinics: Punjas Health Centre (Lautoka) and Kamikamica Health Centre (Lautoka) are open from 8am-10pm and the Valelevu Health Centre in Nasinu is open 24 hours.

The fever Clinics around the country are listed below:

EASTERN DIVISION

  1. Levuka Hospital
  2. Lomaloma Health Centre
  3. Lakeba (Old Nurses Quarters)
  4. Vunisea
  5. Rotuma Hospital

WESTERN DIVISION

  1. Punjas Health Centre
  2. Kamikamica Health Centre
  3. Viseisei Health Centre
  4. St. Thomas High School
  5. Tavua Hospital
  6. Ba Health Center
  7. Balevuto Health Centre
  8. Nailaga Health Centre
  9. Ba Mission Hospital (Tent Outside)
  10. Rakiraki Hospital (Car Park)
  11. Nadi Hospital
  12. Bukuya Health Centre
  13. Namaka Health Centre
  14. Sigatoka Hospital

NORTHERN DIVISION

  1. Nasea Health Centre
  2. Nutrition Training Centre
  3. Savusavu (Old Public Health Building)
  4. Waimaqera Health Centre (Outside)
  5. Waiyevo Health Centre (Outside)
  6. Nabouwalu Hospital

CENTRAL DIVISION

  1. Lami (Tikaram Park)
  2. Raiwaqa (Pentecostal Church)
  3. Valelevu (Tennis Court)
  4. Nakasi Health Centre (Car Park)
  5. Nausori Health Centre (Quarters 2)
  6. Wainibokasi (Car Park)
  7. Navua (Tent Outside)
  8. Vunidawa
  9. Nakorosule
  10. Korovou (Behind the bus stop at the junction to Hospital)

The Fijian Government remains on the highest level of alert in response to this global pandemic. We know that finding cases early and isolating them quickly is key to containing this disease. As the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to many other respiratory illnesses (including the common cold and influenza) it is expected that the Ministry will continue to investigate more persons with relevant travel history and symptoms related to COVID-19.

What can you do?

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to strongly urge the public to not share rumours and misinformation, and to use credible sources for information on COVID-19:

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services website:

www.health.gov.fj

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/MoHFiji/

World Health Organization (WHO) website:

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

If you have been to a COVID-19 affected country in the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing immediately contact one of the numbers listed below.

Central             2219905

Eastern                         2219906

Western                        2219907

Northern                       2219908

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is monitoring the developing situation and will provide updates regularly to the public.

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