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The United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund continue to help Fiji recover from COVID-19.
UNICEF and USAID today donated more than US$800,000 worth of cold storage equipment and other necessities to strengthen Fiji’s health services.
Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Rebecca Owen, said the United States stands ready to assist in various areas of our health sector.
“The United States is committed to our partnership with you, and on behalf of the American people, I am pleased to donate items to the Department of Health to ensure the continued delivery of critical care to those who need it most.”
The project aims to help the greater Pacific region during and after the pandemic.
Today, the Ministry of Health received cold chain equipment to store COVID vaccines along with other personal protective equipment for health workers.
Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says proper equipment is needed for efficient services and to help health workers.
“As we know, this also puts a strain on the health system since the more health workers test positive for COVID-19, the less essential care services are available to patients.”
This health equipment will benefit more than 600,000 Fijians in the country, including 3,000 health workers. Equipment includes items such as vaccine refrigerators, GeneXpert machines, tents, temperature recorders and swabs as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns and aprons.