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COVID-19: The Virus Is Still Manageable, Says Dr Fong

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong said a massive exercise had been undertaken to ensure that the current spate of transmissions would be managed.
02 May 2021 17:09
COVID-19: The Virus Is Still Manageable, Says Dr Fong
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong on May 1, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The man leading the charge to contain the current transmission of COVID-19 in the country believes the situation is still manageable.

So far, Fiji has 49 active cases, two new cases and three border quarantine cases have recovered.

Of the active cases, 16 are border quarantine, 31 are local transmissions and two are under investigation.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong said a massive exercise had been undertaken to ensure that the current spate of transmissions would be managed.

This includes swabbing and screening of the Suva to Nausori corridor where majority of the nation’s population stays.

Dr Fong said Fiji’s fight against the virus was ahead of many nations. He said one of the key parts of this massive exercise was the defence force. He said most of the heavy ground work were done by soldiers.

He added that for every two health personnel there was one soldier. He said the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto had assured them that if needed the reserves would be called in.

The situation would become unmanageable when community transmission would spike uncontrollably and screening would stop.

Then the only Ministry of Health effort would be at the hospitals.

Dr Fong said right now they could manage the virus.

He added vaccines play an important part in this exercise.

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj



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