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MOH close to achieving COVID-19 fever screening target

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The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services mobile Fever Clinic teams operating in Suva and greater Suva areas have screened 121,304 people of the 150,000 people they intend to screen by Friday 16 April.

This is in line with the Ministry’s strategy to identify the early symptoms, contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mobile Fever Clinics have been a success and the Ministry is thankful to those who have come forward for the screening so far.

180 personnel from the Ministry of Health, Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are visiting house to house to conduct the screenings in the Suva-Nausori corridor every day.

However, the Ministry is also urging others to come forward when visited by the fever clinic teams and provide accurate information so that any spread of the virus can be prevented.

Meanwhile, there have been 5958 screenings at the 37 fever clinics located throughout the country since this service began on 5 April. Fever clinics provide an alternate solution for those who might have missed seeing the visiting mobile fever clinic teams.

Fijians can assist the Ministry in stopping the spread of the virus by attending fever clinics and presenting themselves early when showing symptoms such as a dry cough, fever, sore throat and shortness of breath or if they have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Fijians may call the COVID-19 toll-free Helpline 158 for any further information.

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The Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
•           fever
•           flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; or
•           difficulty breathing.

The Government of Fiji remains on the highest level of alert in response to this global pandemic. We 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 the Ministry will continue to investigate more persons with relevant travel history and symptoms related to COVID-19.

What can you do?

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to strongly urge the public to not share rumours and misinformation, and to use credible sources for information on COVID-19:

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services website:
www.health.gov.fj

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/MoHFiji/

World Health Organization (WHO) website:
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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