A Ni-Vanuatu student studying at the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) in Lautoka is currently in isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Daily Post was informed Madison Leeman from Malekula is the first Vanuatu student in Fiji suspected to have coronavirus after being exposed in the same hospital where the first COVID-19 case of a Fijian patient was tested positive.

The 30-year-old is a medical student doing a practical at Lautoka hospital when she got exposed.

Sources say she is currently in isolation awaiting her test results to come in today from Australia.

Madison is also suffering with pneumonia disease which is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs.

So far, she is taking her medications and receiving treatments for her health condition.

Madison said she hopes “if the lab results come back it will be tested positive for pneumonia not coronavirus”.

Acting Director of Public Health and the outgoing Chairman of the National Coronavirus Taskforce, Donald Pelam shared his support on the matter and insisted it is better for Madison to receive treatment at Fiji since there are not enough facilities in Vanuatu to assist her.

Mr Pelam said if the patient is tested positive, she will be placed under quarantine, in the hands of the Fiji Health Services and the Government of Vanuatu will continue to correspond and monitor the student’s condition.

“If she recovers the Government with the liaised support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education can fund her return back to the country,” he said.

The USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia has informed on social media that Lautoka Campus is now in Level 3 according to the USP’s COVID-19 Pandemic Management Plan and has closed down the school this week until further notice.

Other campuses such as Laucala, Nadi and Labasa are now classified as Level 2 and are on lockdown, open only for staff while students are only allowed to access the campus facilities between 8am-5pm.

VANGOV students studying in Laucala Campus in Suva have also been briefed by the school administration on the precautionary measures involving the zoonotic coronavirus pandemic.

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