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Australia-New Zealand Medical Assistance Team ‘Bravo’ Arrive

This afternoon, Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, joined Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes and New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr to
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Australia-New Zealand Medical Assistance Team ‘Bravo’ Arrive
High Commissions of New Zealand and Australia with the ANZMAT Bravo Team which arrived in Nadi today.

This afternoon, Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, joined Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes and New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr to welcome a second ANZMAT team – Bravo – which will comprise of 14 medical personnel from Australia and New Zealand and three liaison officers.

The Bravo Team, the majority of whom arrived on board an Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-17 aircraft today, will replace the ANZMAT Alpha Team who have been in Fiji since 21 June, working closely with their counterparts at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Fiji.

Further medical personnel will arrive in the coming days.

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“The Fijian Government is truly grateful of the support given to us from the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand through the joint Australian-New Zealand Medical Assistance Team.”

“It couldn’t have come at a better time. We needed help, and you selflessly offered to stand beside us during this very challenging time. The ANZMAT Alpha Team have done tremendously well during these last few weeks and we thank them for their efforts.”

“The FEMAT and the Ministry is looking forward to working with the replacement Bravo Team in tackling this deadly virus in Fiji for the health of our people”, said Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

As well as transporting the team, the C-17 brought in:
·         3 fully equipped ambulances
·         2000kg of PPE & medical supplies
·         50 stretcher beds
·         Oxygen concentrators and medical equipment to assist with critical care needs

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“Aotearoa New Zealand is proud to deploy a second group of New Zealand medical specialists, alongside our Australian partners, in this Medical Assistance Team, to further support Fiji’s health system management.”

“The vuvale spirit has never been stronger, and we will continue to work collectively to strengthen Fiji’s resilience to COVID-19,” said New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr.

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Based on advice from the ANZMAT Alpha Team, the majority of whom depart Fiji for Australia on Monday, July 19, this ANZMAT Bravo Team will focus predominantly on infection prevention and control, workforce and systems at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and offer support to other facilities in Suva, including the FEMAT Hospital, as required.

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“Australia continues to stand by Fiji as we battle COVID-19 together.”

“The arrival of Bravo today signals our commitment to Fiji and brings renewed hope to Fiji’s frontline heroes who have been facing the brunt of this dreadful virus for many months.”

“Together with the one million vaccines Australia is providing, we hope this support will help Fiji to get on top of the outbreak”, said John Feakes.

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On Monday, July 19, most of the ANZMAT Alpha Team, who arrived on 21 June, will depart Fiji.

In their time here, the team has supported the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to establish an intermediate care facility at the National Gymnasium, which will serve as a model for other ICFs to be established by the Fijian Government.

Dr Naomi Gough, a New Zealand Defense Force medical expert who deployed with the Alpha Team, will remain in Suva until the end of July and will continue to provide public health advice.

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The Alpha team has deployed a Rapid Response Unit to numerous health facilities in Suva to support local staff to strengthen infection prevention control protocols.

They have surveyed the overall health system in Suva, including looking into Fiji’s oxygen capabilities.

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As Fiji continues to face the brunt of COVID-19 and its devastating impacts, Australia and New Zealand stand ready to support Fiji’s health systems and its frontline heroes to ensure Fiji can recover from this.

Together we can.

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