Health imposes control measures as COVID cases rise in Sigatoka

Starting today, Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services established Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures at Sigatoka Hospital including imposing strict visiting hours and allowing for only one visitor for the duration of a patient’s admission.

A boarder or a person brought in to assist very sick patients will not be allowed to leave the hospital premises until the patient is discharged.

“The above precautions are part of the ministry’s strategies in safeguarding the safety of the public and patients as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Sigatoka area,” the ministry stated in a public advisory.

“As per these measures, visiting hours will now be conducted from only from 3pm to 4pm while only one (1) visitor will be allowed for each patient during a visiting hour and throughout the admission of the patient.   Patients admitted in the hospital are not allowed to meet families or friends outside the facilities and all visitors need to be vaccinated and be able to present their vaccination card to the security at hospitals.

“All visitors are advised to wear masks and only very sick patients will be allowed to have a boarder with them. The boarder need to be fully vaccinated and swabbed while they will not be allowed to change,  meaning  the same border will stay with the patient until they are discharged.”

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