No COVID19 tests, assume and isolate: Low-risk Suva-Nausori persons told

No more tests, assume you have COVID-19 and isolate, Fiji’s Ministry of Health says of their new approach to symptomatic yet low-risk individuals along Suva-Nausori corridor.

In a statement on Wednesday 21 July, Dr Fong said demand for testing have increased subsequently, some not urgent, delaying results and consequently provision of immediate care.

“We need to target our testing to where the result makes a difference to the outcomes of patients – that means we need to target testing for those most at risk of developing severe COVID-19.”

Those at high risk of severe COVID are individuals over 50 years, have a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, are obese, or are pregnant.

“If you or someone you are caring for is at high risk of severe COVID, we need you to get in touch right away and visit one of our screening clinics. If you test positive, then we will ensure you are provided immediate care by our health teams.”

Patients are also advised to call 165 if they are unable to travel to a medical facility.

Most people infected with COVID-19 will have only mild symptoms like cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, loss of taste or smell, body ache, headache, and can fully recover at home.

“For lower-risk individuals with COVID symptoms, we ask you to please stay at home for 14 days, isolate yourself from other family members, and continue to monitor your symptoms for severe COVID-19. If you develop any signs of severe COVID-19, like difficulty breathing or chest pain, please go immediately to one of our dedicated health facilities

  • Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH)
  • FEMAT Hospital, Vodafone Arena
  • Nausori Health Centre
  • Wainibokasi Hospital

Meanwhile for symptomatic workers who need official leave from work, they are recommended to attend the nearest screening clinic to be checked and to obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days home isolation. They can also obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days self isolation at home from participating General Practitioners (GPs).

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