COVID-19: Virus has never posed graver risk to Fijian lives than it does today – Dr Fong

National Fire Authority officer Kini Joji (left) with Lautoka District Council of Social Services representative Apolosi Ranawai conducts fever screening along Sukanaivalu Road in Lautoka this morning - Thursday, April 22, 2021. Picture: REINAL CHAND

COVID-19 has never posed a graver risk to Fijian lives than it does today, says Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

He said the country’s Intensive Care Units (ICU) become stressed with high numbers of COVID-positive patients, “we will be hard-pressed, like other countries with high rates of infection, to fully treat people who need critical care, and it will be too late to prevent a great deal of human suffering”.

“We still have the chance to stop that from happening,” Dr Fong said at last night’s daily COVID-19 press briefing.

“I’ve detailed the steps the ministry is taking to make our services as COVID-safe as possible.

“I ask that households, communities, organisations, and businesses all think just as seriously about the steps they can take as well.

“The health guidance we publish is the baseline for the actions and behaviour we expect from businesses and the public.

“If you see an opportunity to go above and beyond our guidance to keep yourself, your workplace, or your household members safe – take it. You could save a life. And together, as that commitment carries across the country, all of us can spare Fiji from the further heartbreak of losing more patients to this virus.”

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