COVID-19: Fiji Corrections Service receives more than 20,000 pieces of PPE

22 September 2020
COVID-19: Fiji Corrections Service receives more than 20,000 pieces of PPE
ICRC Head of Regional Delegation in the Pacific, Mr Vincent Ochilet with Fiji Corrections Service Deputy Commissioner Senior Superintendent Apakuki Qura

As part of its COVID-19 response in the Pacific, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) donated more than 20,000 pieces of PPE to the Fiji Corrections Service on 21 September 2020.

Present at the handover was Fiji Corrections Service senior superintendent deputy commissioner, Apakuki Qura. Qura thanked the ICRC for its continuous support and said that the donations would be distributed to the various correction facilities.

"On behalf of the Fiji Corrections Service, I would like to thank the ICRC for their support in helping us better ensure the safety of our staff and those under our care during this pandemic," he said.

The ICRC head of regional delegation in the Pacific, Vincent Ochilet, said that as part of its humanitarian activities, the ICRC visits detainees to assess conditions and treatment while supporting Fiji Correction Services in reaching and maintaining international standards in detention.

"Fiji has fortunately managed to contain COVID-19 well and prevent spread throughout the country and detainees and staff have remained safe. We are, of course, aware that we need to not let our guard down. We appreciate the efforts the Fiji Corrections Service has made in this regard and the ICRC is pleased to support the Fiji Corrections Service in these efforts," said Ochilet.

Fiji Corrections Service received more than 20,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (protective gowns, aprons, face shields and face masks, gloves, caps) and infrared thermometers that should help the FCS to remain prepared and ready to respond in case of need.

For further information, please contact:
Rupeni Vatubuli, ICRC Fiji, Tel,: +679 7778139, rvatubuli@icrc.org