Fiji Team In Tafea
The Fiji Response Health Team is currently in Tanna Island in the province of Tafea in Vanuatu.
Fiji Response team leader and Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said Tanna was one of the worst-hit islands and local health workers have been stretched in resources and manpower capacity.
“Tanna is a densely-populated island and it has been the focus of several medical evacuation cases compared to other parts of Vanuatu. The team prepared well and was told to expect conditions of injuries, fractures and infected wounds,” Mr Tagicakibau said.
“We have been working closely with Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health and they requested our assistance in Tanna.”
Mr Tagicakibau said the health team took medical supplies that could help prevent major disease outbreaks following a disaster.
Chief health inspector and National Disaster Management co-ordinator for the Fiji Ministry of Health Kanito Lovobalavu said health officials were split into two teams.
“One of our teams will be based at the main hospital in Lenakel while the other team will offer mobile medical services travelling throughout the settlements,” Mr Lovobalavu said.
“Public health inspectors are also part of our team and they are equipped with fogging equipment to kill mosquitoes and prevent any possible outbreak of dengue or malaria.”
The 13-member health team consists of doctors, nurses, midwives, and public health inspectors. They are expected to be on Tanna Island for a week before returning to Port Vila.