WHO updates committee on coronavirus

WHO Dr Angela Merianos presenting to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Multi-agency Steering Committee. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

THE World Health Organisation today presented an update 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Multi-agency Steering Committee at their first meeting which was called by the the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

A Government statement issued this evening stated the presentation included recommendations from the WHO Emergency Committee to member states.

“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services detailed the steps currently being taken to manage the risk of 2019-nCoV, with an emphasis on prevention, early detection, rapid response and case management, and preparedness of health facilities and staff,” the statement said.

“Members of the steering committee include representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister, Solicitor General’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Ministry of Communications, the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Department of Civil Aviation, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, Department of Immigration, Ministry of Defence and National Security, and the Fiji Police Force.

“The agencies present discussed and came to agreement on shared responsibilities for effective preparedness and response.”

The committee will meet weekly to ensure a co-ordinated multiagency response to address the risk of 2019-nCoV.

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