COVID-19 Fiji: Unit to oversee activities at border and ports of entry

The Border Health Protection Unit (BHPU) has been established to oversee and facilitate the health protection activities and programs conducted at our border and ports of entry to ensure our protection against trans-border infectious disease spread.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong announced this in his COVID-19 update yesterday.

Dr Fong said the unit will work together with the relevant military, police, and border control units providing the leadership and support needed to strengthen our quarantine operations.

He said our quarantine protocols are currently undergoing review to define green list countries and/or areas and revise the pre-departure and in-country quarantine and testing protocols for fully vaccinated travellers.

“In keeping with the science, it is anticipated that pre-departure, quarantine, and in-country testing conditions for fully vaccinated persons from “green” listed countries will be less stringent than then-current conditions,” Dr Fong said.

“The BHPU Facility has been established in the CAAF compound in Namaka, Nadi, and this facility will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing quarantine operations,” he said.

“Their function will be supplemented by a container laboratory that has arrived and is situated close to the border health protection facility.

“As a result of an ongoing collaborative effort between WHO, DFAT, ADB, Fiji Airways, and the Government, the laboratory will have the capacity to process around 500 tests per day.”

In addition, the Unit will also facilitate the following programs and actions at the border: