Nabua military hospital to cater for frontline workers

Fiji Military’s hospital at the Nabua barracks will serve as an isolation facility for frontline workers who contract COVID-19.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the announcement during his recent visit to frontline workers to thank them for their service and sacrifices that have ensured Fiji “achieved the world’s most remarkable record at containing this deadly disease.”

“We have recently refurbished the George Mate Military Hospital in the Nabua Military Barracks to serve as the isolation facility for any frontline healthcare worker or member of our disciplined forces who contracts this disease,” Bainimarama told frontline workers.

Since Fiji’s first COVID-19 case in March, the country has had one incident involving a frontline worker, a 25-year-old female nurse. She picked up the virus while treating one of the country’s border quarantine case in an isolation unit in the West.  She worked and lived in the isolation centre and had developed symptoms while in quarantine following her ‘shift’ as per protocol. After returning a positive result, she was admitted to the isolation ward at Nadi Hospital. 

As per protocol, Fiji’s frontline workers are required to be quarantined for 14 days after their shift during which they will be monitored. They must be declared free of the virus before they can return to public space.

Meanwhile, to date, Fiji has recorded 33 cases, the latest and only active case is a man who arrived into Fiji on 5 October.

Photo: Fijian Government Facebook

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