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COVID-19 Test Training to Benefit Fiji Tourism Stakeholders

“It is also very educational for every hotel worker and tourists coming into the country so when we are going to promote Fiji, we want to showcase to the rest of the world how fast and efficient Fijian people are in keeping everybody safe,” she said.
09 Nov 2021 09:00
COVID-19 Test Training to Benefit Fiji Tourism Stakeholders
Tourism Fiji stakeholders during the COVID test training at the Grand Pacific Hotel Suva on November 8, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

About 68 tourism stakeholders in the Central Division will now be able to conduct COVID-19 tests on tourists.

This is after they underwent COVID-19 Antigen Rapid test training at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, yesterday.

The training was organised by the Emergency Medical Services in conjunction with Tourism Fiji and Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

 

Tourism Fiji chief operations officer James Pridgeon said the purpose was to facilitate COVID-19 Antigen Rapid test training for the tourism stakeholders.

“As we know that the borders will reopen on December 1, hotels are required to assist and work with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in facilitating rapid antigen tests.”

“This will happen after the first 48 hours of the visitors arriving in Fiji where they need to stay the first three days in the CareFiji Commitment (CFC) certified hotel,” he said.

Helipro Fiji paramatic Alexandra Hedge give out a swab kit during COVID test training for Tourism Fiji stakeholders at GPH on 8, November 2021.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Helipro Fiji paramatic Alexandra Hedge give out a swab kit during COVID test training for Tourism Fiji stakeholders at GPH on 8, November 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Aim
Mr Pridgeon said the training was part of the border re-opening protocol and testing requirements.

“The aim of the training was also to build the confidence of our hotel industry and our wellness ambassadors who form part of the Fiji Care Commitment.”

“To give them the confidence they need because there was a lot of hesitation around the testing and capabilities around that,” he said.

 

Emergency Medical Services chief executive officer/ country manager Graeme Hedge said Tourism Fiji had requested them to organise the training for the resorts and tourism operators.

“The COVID-19 Antigen Rapid test kit is a 15-minute test kit which shows the positive and negative test result for COVID-19.”

“I think this training will be a huge benefit to the Fijian Tourism operators as they will be able to check on any COVID-19 cases that could be positive and have come into the country.”

 

Mr Hedge said that anytime any tourism Operator would want the Antigen Rapid test kit, they can always contact the Emergency Medical Services.

The Emergency Medical Services purchased the Antigen Rapid test training from Innovation Scientific Pty Limited in Australia.

Currently, there are 5,000 Antigen Rapid test kits in the country while 200,000 are yet to be shipped to Fiji.

 

Tanoa Hotel reservation officer, Tima Sauqaqa (left) and General Manager Mere Rakovoi do a swab test during COVID test training for Tourism Fiji stakeholders at GPH on 8, November 2021.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Tanoa Hotel reservation officer, Tima Sauqaqa (left) and General Manager Mere Rakovoi do a swab test during COVID test training for Tourism Fiji stakeholders at GPH on 8, November 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Responses From Participants
Tanoa Plaza Hotel Suva general manager Mere Rakoroi said this training was helpful.

“It prepares the hotels well to be ready, to be alert and to be mindful of the steps that need to be taken to welcome international clients back to our shores.”

“It is also very educational for every hotel worker and tourists coming into the country so when we are going to promote Fiji, we want to showcase to the rest of the world how fast and efficient Fijian people are in keeping everybody safe,” she said.

Tadrai Island Resort assistant resort manager Nancy Vatuwaliwali said she has learnt a lot from this training.

 

Helipro Fiji nurse (left) Sandeep Gosai and paramatic Alexandra Hedge during COVID test training for Tourism Fiji stakeholders at GPH on 8, November 2021.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Helipro Fiji nurse (left) Sandeep Gosai and paramatic Alexandra Hedge during COVID test training for Tourism Fiji stakeholders at GPH on 8, November 2021.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“It is a big challenge for us, but we know that we can tackle it,” she said.

Amy Street Pharmacy pharmacist Raginal Lal said the training has taught them how tourism operators can help in testing the COVI-19 using Antigen Rapid test kit.

“I am from the pharmacy industry and now I know how to perform the test and what actions we can take in order to respond to various authorities and individuals on this test,” he said.

 

Today the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid test training will be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa for the tourism operators in the Western Division.

 

Feedback: shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj



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