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COVID-19: St John Ambulance Prepares First Respondents With Training

These respondents include personnel from the Fiji Police Force, National Fire Authority, Royal Fiji Military Forces and St John Ambulance.
03 Apr 2020 13:28
COVID-19: St John Ambulance Prepares First Respondents With Training
Nurse Ashlyn Datt demonstrates the right way to put on a Personal Protective Suit to training participant, Watisoni Vereivalu, of the National Fire Authority at St John’s Ambulance training room in Suva on April 1, 2020.Photo: Inoke Rabonu

First respondents in cases of health emergencies are currently being trained on how to safely handle and transport suspected COVID-19 cases to their isolation facilities.

These respondents include personnel from the Fiji Police Force, National Fire Authority, Royal Fiji Military Forces and St John Ambulance.

The four-week training began at the St John’s office in Suva on Monday.

St John Association Fiji Executive chair and Medical director Dr Vereniki Raiwalui said they aimed to better prepare and equip the personnel should there be a surge in numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fiji.

“We were requested by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Ministry of Economy to train all ambulance service providers in the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak that we are currently in,” Dr Raiwalui said.

“We are preparing them for worst case scenarios like a surge in numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and the Ministry of Health are not able to meet the demand of ambulance services to transport suspected cases of the virus,” he said.

“We will take them through the process, beginning as to how they have to wear the personal protective equipment and how to wear them right. This week is more on theory work but from next week we will begin with practical and medical training.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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