Austrian government donates PPE – Fiji

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The Austrian government, as part of Team Europe, in collaboration with the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth more than FJD 156,270.00 to assist the rigorous efforts by the Fijian government to contain the second wave of COVID -19.

The shipment consists of 250,000 medical masks and 250 woven blankets. This assistance is coordinated in collaboration by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Emergency Response Coordination Center (ECHO) with the European Union Delegation for the Pacific and the Fijian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .

The assistance was officially handed over this afternoon by the European Union Delegation for the Pacific to the Department of Health and Medical Services.

The Ambassador of the European Union to Fiji and for the Pacific, His Excellency Sujiro Seam reiterated the commitment of the European Union to support Fiji and the region to contain the second wave of COVID-19: “Team Europe – the European Union, its 27 member states and financial institutions, responded to the coronavirus outbreak in Fiji last year with a combination of budget support to the Fijian government, assistance to civil society organizations and measures to strengthen the health system through the World Health Organization and the Pacific Community. Today the government of Austria, one of the member states of the European Union, is donating 250,000 medical masks and 250 woven blankets to the government of Fiji. ”

Ambassador Seam also gave an overview of the overall assistance to Fiji coordinated by the European Union delegation for the Pacific in Suva: “The European Union stands in solidarity with the Fijian people in these difficult times. We continue to help Fiji tackle the second wave of the pandemic by providing essential personal protective equipment and testing equipment to the Ministry of Health, budget support to the Ministry of Economy, as well as immunization through COVAX installation and support for the most vulnerable communities. through partner civil society organizations.

Austrian Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency Wolfgang Strohmayer said: “Austria and Fiji share a long history of close friendship and cooperation in many fields. Austria’s assistance to the Government and people of Fijian underscores our close relationship and our spirit of mutual support. Let us remember and salute that the management of COVID-19 in Fiji is recognized as one of the most successful in the world with almost no cases in the past year. I am very confident that the Fijian government will bring the current outbreak under control and Austria is happy to contribute to this effort to protect the Fijian population from COVID-19. ”

The Minister of Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, conveyed the thanks of the Fijian government and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to the Austrian government and the European Union Delegation for the Pacific for this assistance generous in Fiji. “Our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Austrian government and the European Union Delegation for the Pacific for this tremendous support and commitment to assist Fiji at this time of great need.”

“This assistance will help our frontline workers and healthcare facilities to safely and effectively provide an enhanced public health response that is necessary to trace and contain the transmission of the virus in our communities and protect the lives of Fijians. “

“Indeed, this support demonstrates the increased levels of cooperation between Fiji and Team Europe,” said Dr Waqainabete.


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