COVID-19 Fiji: FEMAT field hospital begins transition

Security officers at the FEMAT field hospital at the Vodafone Arena. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU/FILE

The FEMAT field hospital at Laucala Bay in Suva has begun its transition into a COVID-19 dedicated hospital.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong highlighted this in his COVID-19 update last night.

Dr Fong said the ministry has set up an emergency number 165 for people with severe COVID-19 symptoms to contact if they cannot get to a hospital themselves.

“Sadly, we continue to see people with severe COVID-19 dying at home or coming to a medical facility in the late stages of severe illness and dying within a day or two,” Dr Fong said.

“Severe COVID-19 is a medical emergency and a delay in receiving appropriate medical treatment may result in a higher risk of death,” he said.

Dr Fong said Fijians need to know the severe symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Severe headache for a few days
  • New confusion, inability to wake or stay awake; and
  • Pale, gray, or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds.

“If you or a loved one have any of these symptoms please go immediately to your nearest medical facility or call 165 if unable to get to a medical facility.”

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