COVID-19: KOICA Fiji supports frontline workers with medical supplies

Boxes of medical supplies handed over to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Fiji by the KOICA Fiji Office. Picture: MOHMS/FACEBOOK

Fiji’s Health Ministry has received assistance via $290,000 worth of medical supplies from the Korea International Coat the operation Agency (KOICA) Fiji Office, targeted at strengthening efforts in the country’s COVID-19 situation.

According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the supplies comprised personal protective equipment and non-contact thermometers.

The ministry stated that a total of 1895 PPE kits were for healthcare workers, and a kit consisted of PPE and surgeon gowns, disposable masks (N95), non-woven aprons and masks, dental bib, and masks with fog-free eye shields.

It stated it also received 500 non-contact thermometers – these thermometers enable a non-contact approach that reduces the risk of spreading disease between people being checked.

“KOICA has procured additional PPE Kits worth FJ$130,000 anticipated to arrive in the coming weeks. In total, KOICA is donating $420,000 worth of medical supplies to MoHMS for the COVID-19 response. All these supplies have been procured from a local supplier (Medica Pacifica PTE Limited),” the ministry stated.

In the Government statement, KOICA Fiji Office country director Kapchae Ra said they were grateful to the healthcare professionals who had worked so hard to keep Fijians safe and protected.

“We are proud to contribute these supplies to help ensure that they are protected while they do their job and to support the Ministry of Health in their response efforts,” Mr Ra said.

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