14 February, 2020, 12:12 pm
THE Ministry of Health’s head of health protection, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan, says the ministry is looking at different health facilities, including the Navua hospital, as a quarantine area for suspected coronavirus cases
“The ministry of health is looking for an isolation facility for the Central Division and so it will be a health facility, we will make a statement on which facility we will be using,” Dr Sahukhan said.
“We are looking at all the different health facilities and based on a number of factors including suitability, the possibility of isolating patients from each other, and then we are making a decision based on that. Because at the end of the day we have to maintain for humanity, but we need to treat people as well as keep them away from other people to prevent transmission.”
Dr Sahukhan stressed there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fiji.
She was responding to concerns raised by villagers who live close to the Navua Hospital.
Joseva Romalamala, the headman of Namelimeli Village, said he was “informally” advised that the Ministry of Health and Medical Services would be moving all suspected coronavirus patients to the Navua hospital.
Women from the village also told The Fiji Times they had been told to evacuate a canteen situated at the hospital.
The women claimed hospital personnel instructed them to remove all the groceries from their canteen as the hospital would be used to quarantine suspected coronavirus patients.
They also said that patients at the maternity and general wards were moved to the outpatients ward yesterday as part of the quarantine preparation.
Mr Romalamala said if true the ministry should send an advisory to everyone residing in the area.
He said there was a lot of talk going on in the village regarding the issue. Namosi paramount chief Ratu Suliano Matanitobua said he had enquired with the provincial office and would be formally briefed today.