COVID-19

No New Cases Of COVID-19 For Fiji In Past 30 Days

She said the Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control (CDC) would continue to test as normal and would be expanding its testing capabilities with the new test cartridges received yesterday.
19 May 2020 13:01
No New Cases Of COVID-19 For Fiji In Past 30 Days
Ministry of Health lab technician Josephine Sassen carries out a COVID 19 sample test in a bio safety cabinet at Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control, Molecular Laboratory, in Tamavua, on May 18, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

As of yesterday, Fiji has had no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over a period of 30 days.

This was confirmed by Head of Health Protection Services at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr Aalisha Sahukhan yesterday.

Though this was a good indicator, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will not rest on its laurels.

Dr Sahukhan said: “There has not been any new cases for the past 30 days but we are not relaxing in our fight against COVID-19.”

She said the Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control (CDC) would continue to test as normal and would be expanding its testing capabilities with the new test cartridges received yesterday.

“We understand that COVID-19 is a pandemic, a global crisis and it is not something that will be ending anytime soon, thus we will need to maintain our capacity of testing and expand it as part of surveillance as well, even if we have not recorded any cases for the past 30 days,” she said.

“The expansion of our testing capability is an indication that we are not letting our guards down just yet.”

Three cases remain

Dr Sahukhan said the three remaining patients who were still in isolation were in a stable condition.

She said all of them continue to be treated closely by a team of highly qualified health professionals.

“We have retested our remaining three patients more than once and they still remain positive.”

Fiji’s steps praised

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes said: “I congratulate Fiji and the Ministry of Health for the exemplary job that they have done in containing the coronavirus in Fiji. They acted decisively earlier on and the proof of the performance is that there has not been any new case in the last 30 days.”

New Zealand High commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr also acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the Fijian Ministry of Health and the Government for dealing with COVID-19 in these very challenging times.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific representative Sheldon Yett said:  “Let me just appreciate the leadership of Government who has done so much to ensure the limited transmission of this horrible disease in this country and has made so much progress in ensuring that the population is safe.

“We look forward to continuing the work that we have partnered in with our partners to ensure that Fiji and the Pacific continue to be safe.”

Aust, New Zealand boost

Meanwhile, the Australian and New Zealand Government yesterday donated 470 GeneXpert testing cartridges to the Fiji Centre for Disease Control (Fiji CDC) to boost local testing capabilities for COVID-19.

The donation funded by the two countries will enable tests to be done more quickly presenting a more accurate and timely result.

Mr Feakes said the tests would get results in 45 minutes compared to six hours.

“Throughout this period we have been co-operating with various agencies and in particular with New Zealand over the course of last month or so, Australia and New Zealand have flown in 250 tonnes of COVID-19 equipment and TC Harold equipment as part of our joined efforts.”

New Zealand High commissioner to Fiji Mr Jonathan Curr said: “The fight against COVID-19 will be a long response and we will be with Fiji and other parts of the Pacific every step of the way as we address the pandemic.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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