Babies test positive for COVID-19 – Infants in stable condition


Six infants who tested positive to COVID-19 are in stable condition at the Lautoka Hospital.

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong confirmed this to The Fiji Times this week. The infants and their mothers were from a community in lockdown in Nadi.

They were recently assisted with basic supplies by the Foundation of the Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND). A post on the FRIEND Fiji official social media page said they responded to a request for assistance from the community in lockdown in Nadi.

FRIEND Fiji then facilitated the request after a donor purchased baby essential packs.

The packages were delivered to the mothers in need last Thursday.

“We pray for the speedy recovery of infants and their mothers,” FRIEND Fiji said in a recent Facebook post.

“Please keep them in your prayers.”

Meanwhile, Dr Fong also confirmed that some mothers and babies from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s (CWMH) Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit in Suva were transferred to the Lautoka Hospital because of escalating COVID-19 cases at the CWMH.

While he could not confirm the numbers, he however said the ministry had activated that contingency protocol.

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