More COVID-19 testing equipment were handed over at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control, today.

The equipment, including four new GeneXpert machines and kits of reagents that are essential to the ongoing PCR tests are procured with the support from the Pacific Community, UNICEF and WHO.

Health Minister Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says this will further boost their work in identifying COVID-19 cases, as new cases that are locally transmitted are being recorded for over a week now. Dr. Waqainabete, accompanied by Dr. Akeem Ali, Acting Representative of WHO in the South Pacific, Mr. Sheldon Yett,

Representative of UNICEF in the Pacific and Mr.Sunia Soakai, Deputy Director of the Public Health Division, Pacific Community, also thanked the team of doctors and nurses working tirelessly at the CDC to ensure that testing is done in a timely manner.

The three organizations reaffirmed their support to Fiji.

WHO is in the process of procuring three more GeneXpert machines with 16-module configuration as well as cartridges so that the testing capacity can be further boosted. Shipments of more Personal Protective Equipment are also on the way supported by the three organizations.

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