Health minister warns Fijians against complacency

Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete in a press conference after a parliament sitting. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has warned Fijians against being complacent about COVID-19 because “we are not completely free of it”.

He said the virus was still prevalent around the world so the Fijian public should continue with social distancing and good personal and hand hygiene practices.

“It doesn’t mean we should celebrate and think that we are completely free of it,” he said, referring to the announcement that the remaining three COVID-19 cases had tested negative.

“In a way we are, but also we need to make sure we continue what we started. “COVID-19 is still prevailing and because of that we have to make sure we continue with all those kind of guidelines we have in place.”

All doctors and nurses involved at the frontline of caring for COVID-19 cases at the Navua Hospital will go into a period of self-isolation and quarantine, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

“Those processes we have in place will not change,” he said.

“We also have to understand that Navua has been a place where they were at the forefront of the measles campaign.”

He said there were about 100 returning Fijians at quarantine facilities in Nadi.

“The processes around them in terms of 14 days plus testing and if they are negative, they go home, this process still remains.

“We all have to understand that the layers the Government has put in place continues, in terms of border restrictions, in terms of people being put into government designated quarantine facilities and in terms of the testing.”

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