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Centre Runs 16 Tests At Once Instead Of Four

The machines were procured by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with funding support from the European Union (EU).
10 Jun 2021 14:23
Centre Runs 16 Tests At Once Instead Of Four
Health technicians at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control (Fiji CDC) in Tamavua.

Fiji’s COVID-19 testing capacity received a major boost yesterday when three new testing machines were installed in the Fiji Centre for Disease Control (Fiji CDC) in Tamavua.

These machines will enable 16 instead of four tests to be run at once per machine and allows for up to 1000 additional tests per day.

A statement by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday said while the machines would immediately be used to test for COVID-19, in the longer term they could also support testing for a range of other diseases, such as influenza, tuberculosis and HIV.

The machines were procured by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with funding support from the European Union (EU).

Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, thanked the EU Ambassador, Sujiro Seam, and the Acting WHO Representative to the South Pacific, Dr Akeem Ali, for their continued support to the country’s efforts to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

“The 16 module GeneXpert machine has come at the right time, boosting our testing capacity as we face the current wave of new cases,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“The machines will further enhance our ability to turn around testing results quickly and make decisions on our public health response.

“We thank the European Union for the tremendous support and timely assistance towards the ministry’s COVID-19 response effort.”

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