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More Than 60 Test Negative For Virus

Even though we haven’t got any confirmed cases, we have to make sure that we are prepared in all aspects of the facilities, says Minister Dr Waqainabete.
19 Mar 2020 09:51
More Than 60 Test Negative For Virus
LEADING THE CHARGE... Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama undergoes a check while touring the Nadi International Airport on March 17, 2020. The PM was accompanied by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, during the tour. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

More than 60 individuals, who were found showing symptoms of COVID-19, tested negative.

This was the confirmation relayed by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, after touring the COVID-19 isolation centre at the Lautoka Hospital. The tour was led by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Also present were the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Minister for Industrial Relations, Employment, Productivity, Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala and the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu.

Dr Waqainabete said: “No one is in quarantine at the moment, but we have had more than 60 people tested, but they have all been negative.

“Even though we haven’t got any confirmed cases, we have to make sure that we are prepared in all aspects of the facilities.

“As I have said all along we have isolation units within the hospitals.”

Dr Waqainabete said he was pleased to see the level of preparedness put in for the deadly virus.

“We are pleased that we know that there is a level of preparation. We have resilient public health systems, but also with the practice with the measles and MEN-C before. Importantly, Government has put in a significant amount of resources to try and prepare us for COVID-19,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama and the other Ministers later visited the isolation centre at the Nadi Hospital. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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