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Third Australia-New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (ANZMAT) Deployment “Charlie” Arrives In Fiji

ANZMAT Charlie will be deployed in Fiji for three weeks at the request of the Fijian Government and on advice from ANZMAT Bravo medical experts already in Fiji.
03 Aug 2021 10:38
Third Australia-New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (ANZMAT) Deployment “Charlie” Arrives In Fiji

Last evening, the first 10 members of the third ANZMAT deployment – Charlie – arrived in Nadi.

ANZMAT Charlie will be deployed in Fiji for three weeks at the request of the Fijian Government and on advice from ANZMAT Bravo medical experts already in Fiji.

ANZMAT Charlie will join forces with counterparts from the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services to support the critical care capability of Fiji’s frontline health workers and further boost medical systems to meet the challenges of Fiji’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Led by Bronte Martin, Director of Nursing at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve, ANZMAT Charlie will build on the work of the previous two ANZMAT medical assistance teams, Alpha and Bravo, sent to Fiji in June and July.

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This third ANZMAT deployment will overlap with ANZMAT Bravo for nine days, maximising support at this time of great need, and also continuing ANZMAT’s earlier support for infection prevention and control measures at hospitals and health facilities in the Central and Western Divisions.

“Australia has wasted no time providing support to our Fijian vuvale as we face the challenges of COVID-19 together. ANZMAT Charlie’s arrival is another reflection of our ongoing commitment to stand by Fiji and in particular Fijian frontliners as they continue to face the virus head on. We hope that this assistance, together with the one million vaccines Australia is providing, will help curb the spread of this dreadful virus”, says Australia High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes.

ANZMAT Charlie will bring more vital COVID-19 equipment and supplies in the coming days, including more oxygen concentrators, flow meters and PPE, to assist health facilities.

Australia and New Zealand are committed to standing by Fiji to ensure it recovers from this outbreak. Stronger together.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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