NZ boosts support to Fiji for Covid-19 impact
New Zealand is providing Fiji's with additional support as their Covid-19 cases continue to escalate.
Today, Fijian medical authorities confirmed another record-breaking 166 people have been infected with the virus.
This includes a death at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in the capital Suva.
“Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and Fijians most affected by the current outbreak,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta.
The assistance includes up to $5 million for the Fijian government to deliver Covid-19 operations, and $5 million to local civil society organisations working directly with households to mitigate poverty risks, including through the provision of food rations, she says.
New Zealand is also embedding two medical specialists into a Medical Assistance Team alongside Australia to support Fiji, says Mahuta.
A New Zealand anaesthetist will travel with the six-person Australian team to Fiji and spend seven days in MIQ before beginning their 28 day assignment.
A New Zealand Defence Force public health/infectious disease specialist will be deployed in the near future.
The team will work with the Fijian Ministry of Health to provide immediate support for health system management and infection prevention control.
They will also assist with assessments of Fiji’s priority health needs responding to the current outbreak.
“This assistance will support Fiji to navigate the medium-term challenges posed by Covid-19. New Zealand continues to stand alongside Fiji as it responds to this outbreak and our thoughts are with all affected,” says Mahuta.