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COVID-19

MOH struggles to procure certain consumables

May 22, 2020 6:20 am
Fiji Chemicals yesterday donated over $50,000 worth of hygiene and cleaning products. [Source: Fijian Government]

Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says local companies have stepped in when they have struggled to procure certain consumables.

Supply of medical items has been irregular in the wake of COVID-19 as flights have been intermittent for the last few months.

Dr. Waqainabete says support from the private sector has helped meet the demand for hygiene and cleaning products in fighting the pandemic.

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Fiji Chemicals yesterday donated over $50,000 worth of hygiene and cleaning products and Dr. Waqainabete says donations like these have helped the Ministry not just with the COVID-19 response but in other services.

“The fact that we have organisation that have supported us apart from what we are trying to do, with hand sanitizers with the imported detergent that are important to be able to make sure that we have COVID-free services, this has been very helpful.”

Dr. Waqainabete says hygiene is key in fighting the virus and these products enables the front line workers to assist all Fijians.

“When all this donation comes in, we must remember that this is not limited to the Ministry of Health, we have other stakeholders that have been very helpful in the cause in what we are doing together.”

The Minister says the Fiji Pharmaceutical Services is responsible for the distribution of these donations as well as those procured from overseas.

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