The Fiji Times »UN office provides PPE and medical supplies
Personal protective equipment (PPE), reproductive health kits and medical supplies provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific to the government are expected to bolster efforts to fight COVID-19.
A UNFPA statement said the supplies would ensure continuity of essential reproductive health response services.
“In addition to PPE, UNFPA Pacific also provided the ministry with dignity kits for women and girls affected by COVID-19, who needed support for menstrual hygiene management, as well as dignity kits for women with disabilities.
“The sexual and reproductive health commodities provided by UNFPA include long-acting, reversible contraceptive methods, such as implants and intrauterine devices, injectables, oral contraceptive pills and emergency contraception.
“These supplies will allow the Fijian population to continue to have access to a range of contraceptive methods and will significantly help prevent unintended pregnancies during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
UNFPA Pacific Representative and Director Dr Jennifer Butler said the ministry will distribute PPE and other supplies to priority health facilities across the country.
“Ensuring that health workers have the support and supplies necessary to provide safe sexual and reproductive health services can be a matter of life and death for women and girls,” said Dr Butler.
“The support of the Australian government is greatly appreciated and the ministry’s efforts to tackle complex health issues during Covid-19 are commendable.”