NZ boosts support to Fiji for Covid-19 impact

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is conducting the Covid-19 vaccination (second dose) campaign in Labasa. Image: Fijian Government Facebook page.

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.

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Posted on 22-06-2021 14:41 | By

Like most countries the locals just carry on regardless. It’s only stupid Governments that are obsessed with doing what politicians and Governments love doing, which is trying to control and rule over people because it makes them feel important.

I am sorry for the local Fijian population!!

Posted on 21-06-2021 23:24 | By The Caveman

It is VERY clear where the current infection levels came from!! The Fijian Gment was allowing AIR FLIGHTS direct from India LONG after the rest of the world "shut the door" !!! And the bottom line is Fiji has NOT got the medical facilities or ability to control OR overcome their current infection levels. The bottom line is that, initially they SHUT the boarders, but then opened them to !!!!!!!!! And that is going to "kill" the country (islands) - in simple terms, the lifestyle of the local population is such that controlling the COVIDE19 outbreak is almost TOTALLY impossible.