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COVID-19: Family Of Deceased, Case 125, Thank Dr Fong

The 27-year-old daughter of the carpenter, said that Lautoka Hospital medical personnel informed them of the death prior to Dr Fong carrying out his press conference on Wednesday night.
07 May 2021 10:22
COVID-19: Family Of Deceased, Case 125, Thank Dr Fong

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong’s decision not to publicly announce the death of the 53-year-old COVID-19 patient (Case 125), who died at the Lautoka Intensive Care Unit, has been acknowledged.

The family of the deceased has expressed their gratitude to Dr Fong for not publicly making the announcement on Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old daughter of the carpenter, said that Lautoka Hospital medical personnel informed them of the death prior to Dr Fong carrying out his press conference on Wednesday night.

She said while the family agreed that Dr Fong could have announced her father’s death, they were happy that he did not mention this because he wanted the family to have some privacy.

However, she said they were shocked and surprised to learn that their father had refused a swab test.

During his nationwide address last night Dr Fong said the fatality is Fiji’s first death of COVID-19 through a local transmission.

He said despite the best efforts of the ICU team, the 53-year-old man passed away at 6.35pm.

“I read some comments last night and today –– some confused and some angry –– about why this gentleman did not consent to be tested for COVID-19 until, quite sadly, it was too late,” he said.

“I can’t speak to his decision, but I know I speak for the staff of the Lautoka Hospital when I say –– this is not the time for blame.”

He said the ministry suspected that the patient that passed away was the source point of transmission to the two doctors at Lautoka Hospital.

However, the ministry was yet to determine how he contracted the virus.

He said they stood by the decision to the family some privacy before the passing of their loved one was announced to the nation.

Meanwhile, the daughter of the deceased said the last time they saw her father was on April 19 when he was admitted to undergo an operation.

“Ever since he was admitted we never saw him again, his death is still a shock to us,” she said.

“One day he told me ‘I will come home’, but he never did.”

The Fiji Sun understands that the daughter together with her mother, were taken into quarantine yesterday by health officials.

The family is still uncertain of when the deceased will be laid to rest.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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