The Fiji Times » Minister urges stakeholders to prepare for 4th wave

Fijian stakeholders have been urged to prepare in case a fourth wave of COVID-19 strikes again.

This, according to the Minister of Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, after the World Health Organization warned that figures showed a global rise in COVID-19 cases which could herald a problem many most important.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in COVID-19 cases was just the “tip of the iceberg”.

Dr Waqainabete said the pandemic has taught us many lessons and we are not off the hook yet.

“We must continue to protect the nation,” he said.

He urged frontline border workers to be extra vigilant and he helped tourism operators safely provide services to international travelers in their efforts to carry out surveillance that could trigger timely alerts early to prevent any community epidemic.

“Know who our vulnerable are and put a plan in place for each of them to stop serious illnesses and preventable deaths.

“Establish our agency’s business continuity plans and be prepared to redirect our resources if we have the fourth wave and/or disaster. Continue to preach and practice COVID-19 measures as part of our vaccine-plus strategy. »

Dr Waqainabete issued the warning during a SWOT analysis on COVID-19 for the Western Division in Nadi on Friday.

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