Cases Surge, Extra Isolation Facility On Standby In Kadavu

232 active COVID-19 cases in Kadavu as of Tuesday.
02 Sep 2021 18:02
Cases Surge, Extra Isolation Facility On Standby In Kadavu
Ministry of Health and Medical Services chief surgeon and FEMAT clinical lead in Kadavu Dr Josese Turagava (fifth from left) in Vunisea, Kadavu.

The Provincial Administration Office in Kadavu is making every effort in preparing for the worst-case scenario as COVID-19 cases on the island surges.

Roko Tui Kadavu Kitione Raibevu said as screening, contact tracing, swabbing and vaccinations continue the island, an extra isolation facility has also been setup at the Vunisea Secondary School as part of their preparation should there be a rise in number of cases needing hospitalisation.

In his COVID-19 update on Tuesday night, Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong said there were 232 active cases of COVID-19 in Kadavu with 57 new COVID-19 positive cases recorded on Tuesday.

Mr Raibevu said for now, the Vunisea Hospital has been set up as the main COVID admission hospital in Kadavu with a 20-bed capacity.

There have also been sections of the hospital designated as a triage area, COVID admission wards, and non-COVID admission wards.

“We urge individuals to take ownership of their health and wellbeing within the villages and community,” he said.

“We continue to advise and address these through the Mata Ni Tikina and the Turaga ni Koro, especially on following directives of respective authorities.

“When the directives are not followed, two things will happen, the virus will enter their household and the fines or the infringement notice of not following directives will follow suit.”

Village borders set up

He said village borders had been set up and the vanua had been informed so that freedom is given to government departments in FEMAT to do their work in villages.

Mr Raibevu added the virus was in the district of Yale, one of the nine districts in Kadavu.

“There are not only screening and swabbing but also vaccinations.

“Some were undecided of being vaccinated, but now we see people noting the importance of being vaccinated as vaccination numbers also going up.”

Dr Fong said there were three COVID-19 patients admitted at the hospital and all were in stable condition.

He added the processes for the management of COVID-19 deceased on the island have been established.

“The community engagement team led by Provincial Administrator Kadavu is assisting with community awareness, home quarantine of cases in their villages and transfer of cases for admission to Vunisea Hospital,” he said.

“Movement restriction at Vunisea Jetty has been enforced to ensure minimal contact with people when freight and supplies are delivered.

“The headman in each village in Kadavu has voluntarily locked down their villages, and positive villagers are strictly home isolated for 14 days and visited daily by village health workers or zone nurses for monitoring and assessment.”


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