North Records 13 Covid-19 Deaths

Vaccination paramount, says Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services
26 Jan 2022 15:04
North Records 13 Covid-19 Deaths
Senior citizens wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine jabs at Amrit Arcade in Labasa Town on January 25, 2022. Photo: Sampras Anand

Twelve out of the 13 COVID-19 deaths recorded in the Northern Division were unvaccinated.

This was according to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services COVID update last week Friday and on Monday.

These deaths were reported from the period, December 28 till January 23.

Twelve of the COVID-positive deaths were above the age of 50 years and had significant underlying medical conditions which significantly contributed to their deaths.

The thirteenth death of an 80-year-old female on Sunday was still yet to be determined.


Vaccination Paramount

A vaccine, plus COVID safe protocol approach, remains the effective way to fight and suppress the ongoing COVID-19 community transmission.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong, was concerned with the unvaccinated patients, who had succumbed to their deaths, because of failure to administer the life-saving vaccines.

Dr Fong said societal engagement remained vital and every member of the society had to ensure the protection of their vulnerable members, by getting both doses of the vaccine and their booster shots on time.

“Our health teams continue to conduct outreach to remote communities in the Northern Division in an effort to increase vaccination coverage,” he said.

He advised the different communities to encourage their vulnerable members to get vaccinated as soon as possible and minimise the upward trend of deaths.

Meanwhile, Dr Fong reiterated the greater need for people falling in the high-risk group (above 50 years) and who had developed COVID-19 symptoms to come forward and be tested and reviewed by their medical team on site.


New positive cases

The Northern Division reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in the latest updates by the ministry, last Friday and on Monday.

The silver lining was that the hospital admissions had decreased with only 21 patients currently admitted at the Labasa Divisional Hospital.



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