|WHO handing over laboratory equipment for COVID-19 testing to Fiji Centre for Disease Control|
On Sunday, the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services of Fiji received a boost in its testing capabilities following a handover of further testing supplies and testing kits by the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO Representative to Fiji and the South Pacific, Director of the Division of Pacific Technical Support, Dr. Corinne Capuano handed over the kits to the Fijian Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control laboratory in Tamavua.
“It is very encouraging to see that Fiji hasn’t reported any new COVID-19 cases for more than two weeks now, it is a good start, but we are not out of the woods. This is why we are making sure that we are continuing to support efforts to support the health system response to COVID-19, including delivering new testing kits, so that when restrictions are eased, it won’t lead to a resurgence of disease and that the health system is prepared to identify, isolate and care for the sick.” Says Dr Corinne Capuano.
The testing kits include critical supplies of items for PCR testing that have been used in country since March by Fiji CDC, and new cartridges for the GeneXpert equipment, which is widely used around the world for tuberculosis, to test for COVID-19.
This is the first batch of cartridges for GeneXpert sent to Fiji and the pacific. More will be delivered to Fiji and the region in the next few weeks when the production picks up for the manufacturer
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