24th August 07:48 AM
Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team ready for international deployment
By Semi Turaga
Monday 13/05/2019
Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team is now able to respond domestically and across the Pacific

The World Health Organization says Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team is ready for international deployment, becoming the first team in the Pacific islands with this unique capability.

Verified as a Type 1 Fixed Emergency Medical Team, Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team is now able to respond domestically and across the Pacific, providing a broad range of medical and emergency services for up to 100 patients per day.

Having passed a comprehensive assessment by World Health Organisation in Suva over the last two days with observers from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines taking part, Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team can provide initial emergency care for injuries and other acute health needs.

This capability was tested with observers reviewing a full deployment of a ‘field hospital’, as well as all clinical care services including triage, first aid, patient stabilization and referral of severe trauma and non‑trauma emergencies.


FEMAT Field Hospital

Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says it is a vital tool in ensuring Fijians and their friends across the Pacific are better protected and supported in times of crisis.

The Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team is also supported by the Australian government.

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