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PM: Do Not Panic, No Case Of Virus In Fiji

Six Chinese nationals bound for Samoa were quarantined at a hotel in Nadi from Sunday and last Thursday, a family of four from Wuhan in China inbound from Hong Kong were screened.
28 Jan 2020 09:40
PM: Do Not Panic, No Case Of Virus In Fiji
Air Terminal Services staff, wearing masks, serve travellers at the Nadi International Airport on January 27, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai.

Don’t panic because there is no case of the Coronavirus infection in Fiji despite people being quarantined and isolated says the Government.

Six Chinese nationals bound for Samoa were quarantined at a hotel in Nadi from Sunday and last Thursday, a family of four from Wuhan in China inbound from Hong Kong were screened.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said it was critical to stick to the facts and strictly adhere to instructions and information provided by the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health.

“We will only release information once it has been confirmed by relevant experts and authorities.

“Given this is a matter of national security, we cannot tolerate unfounded fear-mongering. Any manner of speculation is dangerous and counter-productive and should be condemned in the harshest terms,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“As we saw with our successful containment of the measles outbreak in Fiji, our health system is well-equipped and highly capable of rapid response.

“If we keep our heads, come together, and act responsibly, we are fully capable of managing any cases of the coronavirus infection.”

“We’re working closely with our national carrier, Fiji Airways, to identify all at-risk travellers checking in at overseas ports.

“These travellers will undergo thermal screening prior to boarding. All cabin crew on flights to and from Hong Kong, Singapore and Narita will be taking extra precautions to ensure a hygienic environment.

“In emergency cases, on-board isolation measures can be undertaken by the flight crew.

“Working with the Ministry of Health, Fiji Airways will also introduce Special Health Declaration Forms at all Asian ports that will require guests to report if they have travelled through mainland China in the past 14 days.

“If appropriate, individuals will be quarantined. As the coronavirus situation unfolds overseas, further measures will be taken if deemed necessary.”

Ministry of Health update

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Waqainabete said no Fijian nationals had been quarantined as fears arose about those who had come in contact with the six Chinese nationals.

He said those nationals were from the Fujian province and not the Wuhan province where the virus originated.

“None had a history of travel to Wuhan or the Hubei province. The eldest of them, a 71-year-old is under observation as a precautionary measure. The group remains under quarantine until they are cleared to fly back to China,” he said.

Dr Waqainabete assured Fijians that they had the equipment and resources to deal with the issue should the Coronavirus come to Fiji.

Additional measures

Head of Health Protection Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan said additional screening measures had started for those inbound from Hong Kong and Singapore.

A health officer was on hand to screen passengers.

“People who have come from Wuhan and are unwell, are treated as according to our existing protocols including isolation,” she said.

“Because we have enhanced screening at the airport, we may pick up travellers who have symptoms.

“Symptoms are is similar to other respiratory diseases including the common cold.”

Dr Sahu Khan said the Ministry of Health would be issuing a secondary travel declaration form.

She added that because of the 14 day incubation period in which no symptoms show, it was important to arm people with information.

The Ministry of Health has formed a task force which involves members of all agencies involved including airport staff.

Meetings continue on a daily basis to ensure that the nation stays one step ahead.

How to protect yourself?

There are no vaccines available to protect you against available to protect you against human coronavirus infection.

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