People over 50 and at risk of developing severe COVID urged to visit screening clinics

Ministry of Health PS Dr James Fong. Picture: FT FILE

If you are over the age of 50 or have an illness that increases your risk of developing severe COVID-19, come to our screening clinics to get tested and put on the appropriate care pathway where you will be monitored by our health teams.

That’s the plea of the Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong who also said everyone who lives in Suva-Nausori and may have symptoms of COVID-19 should assume they have COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days.

“Keep watch for severe COVID-19 symptoms and immediately seek emergency medical care if they are present,” he said.

“If you test positive on a rapid diagnostic test, you can assume that you have COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days.

“However, if you have symptoms and test negative on a rapid diagnostic test you should still assume you have COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days.

“We know that these rapid tests have a higher risk of producing a false negative result than the gold standard molecular testing, which is used by the ministry to confirm all negative rapid tests conducted at our screening clinics.”

Dr Fong said as of Friday 80 per cent of all eligible adults in Fiji have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine which is the halfway mark in campaigning to fully vaccinate 587,651 Fijians by the end of October.

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