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Today, the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services received another batch of GeneXpert test kits – 277 in total – capable of producing accurate COVID-19 results in just 45 minutes.
These world-class kits contain a total of 2,770 cartridges to test for COVID-19, to further assist the ongoing efforts of the Ministry in testing for the virus accurately and efficiently.
The first two-batches of kits arrived in Fiji in May and, together with this shipment, it brings the total number of test kits supplied to Fiji to 365 (3,650 individual testing cartridges).
Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes, together with partners from the World Health Organisation, New Zealand, the Pacific Community and UNICEF, handed the cartridges over to Principal Medical Officer of the Fiji Centre for Disease Control, Dr Mesulame Namedre, saying Australia continues to stand with Fiji in the fight against this pandemic.
“I acknowledge and commend the dedication and commitment shown by the Fiji Ministry of Health teams right across the system. Australia is pleased to support their ongoing efforts by working with our partners to deliver these important test kits. We will continue to support your tireless efforts,” Feakes said.
New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr, said “The Government of New Zealand has been working with Australia, WHO, SPC and UNICEF (as members of the Joint Incident Management Team laboratory expert cell) to procure GeneXpert technology for those Pacific Island countries. We recognise the key role GeneXpert technology is now playing in PICs and are delighted to handover further cartridges to Ministry of Health today.”
Deputy Director Public Health Division, SPC, Sunia Soakai, delivered remarks on behalf of WHO and SPC, recognising the leadership of the Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete and his staff in preparing and responding to COVID-19.
He added that “despite the global demand for laboratory testing consumables, our presence here today is testament to the collective effort of the Joint Incident Management Team partners to ensure the Pacific receives its share of the global supply.”
UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett said “We thank all our partners who, like UNICEF, are following the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, to ensure that Fijian children and their families remain safe during this global pandemic. Strong partnerships remain essential for defeating this devastating virus.”.
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