The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) started delivering over 1.6 million critical medical supplies and 9,450 diagnostic testing kits to Fiji today to aid in the diagnosis and containment of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) epidemic.
The $513,000 in medical supplies, co-financed by ADB and UNICEF and delivered by the World Food Programme (WFP), will help boost the country’s COVID-19 response while ensuring the continuity of key health services throughout the ongoing second wave of the pandemic. ADB also provided about $195,000 worth of testing cartridges and swabs.
Medical masks, N95 respirators, gowns, gloves, face shields, biohazard bags, and other essentials are among the medical supplies. To assist the government in detecting cases of COVID-19, diagnostic equipment such as GeneXpert testing cartridges and swabs will be used.
The medical supplies will arrive in staggered shipments beginning today, assisting in the building of the local health system’s capacity and assisting in the management of escalating COVID-19 cases as well as reducing transmission.
At Fiji, many frontline health care personnel are stationed in outlying health care institutions. UNICEF is collaborating with the government to guarantee that supplies reach these out-of-the-way healthcare professionals, ensuring their safety.
The Asian Development Bank is dedicated to establishing a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific while continuing to fight extreme poverty. It was founded in 1966 and is owned by 68 members, 49 of them are from the region.