Ministry: No need to visit clinic for swab

Nurse Mere Taukena (left) vaccinates Peni Nasilokia during the COVID 19 drive-through vaccination campaign at South Seas Club in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

People living in the Suva-Nausori containment zone who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms do not need to visit a screening clinic to get swabbed.

This, according to a Health Ministry post on the Fijian Government Facebook page yesterday.

Fijians were instead urged to self-isolate themselves for 14 days if they were experiencing –– cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, fatigue/extreme tiredness, headache, aches and pains, sore throat, fever, diarrhoea, red eyes (conjunctivitis), loss of taste or smell, and a rash on the skin.

“Eat well, drink a lot of fluids, rest and monitor your symptoms.”

The ministry said those who required a medical certificate for the period of self-isolation could obtain one from the nearest screening clinic.

“Workers can also obtain the medical certificate for the 14 days of self-isolation at home from participating family physicians or local general practitioners.”

Fijians wishing to obtain a medical certificate from a screening clinic should ensure they strictly followed COVID-safe protocols.

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