Donation to contain COVID-19 outbreak: KOICA

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Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Fiji, Young-kyu Park at the handing over of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and non-contact infrared thermometers. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

“The knowledge of COVID-19 will continue to evolve, but what is very apparent is that natural immunity alone is not sufficient – one must be vaccinated, and we continue to encourage everyone to be vaccinated.”

This was highlighted by Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at the handing over of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and non-contact infrared thermometers from the Government of Korea and KOICA yesterday.

With Fiji’s vaccination records heading towards a positive direction and ease of restrictions being implemented across the country, Dr Waqainabete acknowledged partners and stakeholders that have made this nationwide drive possible.

“We are very grateful for the support of our partners – the Government of Korea and also KOICA. We are entering the cyclone season so as a Ministry we are preparing ourselves for whatever the climate will bring to us. We continue to thank our multilateral partners for supporting us because in supporting us, we were able to roll out our programs for COVID-response, vaccination for adults and children and also our normal teamwork, which is all important,” Dr Waqainabete said.

In handing over the COVID-19 supplies, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Fiji, Young-kyu Park said that the donation will further strengthen the Fijian Government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This donation will support the frontline healthcare workers, enabling them to deliver essential medical services safely and effectively. It is the unwavering commitment shown by MHMS and its staff that has allowed this situation to be under control,” Mr Park said.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Fiji and Korea.

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