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Testing For Coronavirus To Be Done Locally At The New Fiji Centre For Disease Control

Testing for the coronavirus will now take place at the newly refurbished Molecular Lab at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control in Tamavua. This is part of the Government’s comprehensive COVID-19 action plan.
11 Mar 2020 14:43
Testing For Coronavirus To Be Done Locally At The New Fiji Centre For Disease Control
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama tours the newly refurbished molecular lab.

Testing for the coronavirus will now take place at the newly refurbished Molecular Lab at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control in Tamavua.

This is part of the Government’s comprehensive COVID-19 action plan.

The lab scientists and technicians at the lab will be the first in Fiji to be able to test COVID-19 being the only fourth country in the Pacific.

The others include Hawaii, New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

“Today we welcome our latest and most advanced measure yet in our comprehensive COVID-19 action plan,” Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said.

“For every day Fiji has become COVID-19 free, we have another day to prepare ourselves for the threats it poses in the country.

“The molecular lab is a culmination of years of hard work to get to this point, the point where we are able to respond to threats of international diseases.”

Head of Health Protection at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan said the Fiji Centre For Disease Control pursue the control of diseases of public health importance, diseases that affect the people of Fiji on a mass scale.

“This includes diseases like measles, leptospirosis, dengue fever, and filariasis and for headline outbreaks like recently measles, leptospirosis and soon COVID-19,” Dr Khan said.

“We are grateful to the Fijian Government, Development Partners and the Australian Government for your collaboration in making today possible.”

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