The Ministry of Health has confirmed that as a result of our widened case definition, as of March 4th 2020, four people are being monitored for COVID-19 in Fiji.

All four are in strict isolation and in a stable condition while we await test results.

  • A
    15-month old girl developed respiratory symptoms in Suva today after arriving
    in Fiji from the United States of America yesterday.
  • A
    37-year-old Fijian woman returning from a trip to Italy was flagged with
    respiratory symptoms during a health screening at Nadi airport today.
  • A
    three-year-old Fijian boy and his mother, a 26-year-old Fijian woman, developed
    respiratory symptoms today after returning from Bali and Singapore.

Contact tracing has
commenced for all four patients.

The Ministry of Health said that they know that finding cases early and isolating them quickly is key to containing this disease.

As the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to many other respiratory illnesses (including the common cold and influenza) it is expected that with time the Ministry will investigate more persons with relevant travel history and symptoms related to COVID-19.

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises that there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji.

As of today, 72 countries outside China have reported cases of COVID-19, with 30 countries reported by the World Health Organisation as having local transmission.

In light of this worldwide spread, as an extra precaution, we are widening our case definition for suspected cases to include anyone with respiratory symptoms who has recently travelled to a country reported to have local transmission.

This should not alarm the public, but be an indication of the high level of alert and stringent preventative measures the Ministry is proactively taking in response to this global outbreak. 

What can you do?

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical
Services wishes to strongly urge the public to not share rumours and
misinformation.  Just as we did during the measles outbreak the Ministry
will inform the public as soon as possible once we have a confirmed case. Use
credible sources for information on COVID-19:

Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services
website http://www.health.gov.fj/

Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services
Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MoHFiji/

WHO website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

How can you prevent yourself from getting
COVID-19 and other diseases?

  • Frequently clean
    hands soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your
    face – especially your mouth, nose and eyes
  • When coughing and
    sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away
    immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact
    with anyone who has fever and cough – stay at least 1 metre away
  • Avoid
    travel to mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea

A list of COVID-19 affected countries is
available via the latest daily situation report published by the World Health
Organisation https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

If you have been to a COVID-19 affected
country in the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
immediately contact one of the numbers listed below.
If you need to see a
doctor please call ahead, using the following phone numbers, before
visiting to reduce the risk of infecting other patients.

  • Central 2219905
     
  • Eastern
    2219906 
  • Western
    2219907 
  • Northern 2219908

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical
Services is monitoring the developing situation and will provide updates
regularly to the public. 

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