WELCOME TO THE WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY PRIMARY HEALTH ORGANISATION

URU MAI KI TE KOKORU URU O TE NUI PHO

The Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation supports healthy lifestyles and quality health care services in our local communities. We provide funding to 31 general practices in the Bay of Plenty.

COVID-19 Response

A range of key primary health services are available during COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

Coronavirus Alert

As of 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March New Zealand will be in COVID-19 Alert Level 4. This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must self-isolate at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.

Medicines and healthcare for those that need it will be available.

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means any situation where you may come in close contact with others (face to face contact closer than two metres for more than 15 minutes).

If you develop symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath you should seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or phone ahead to your GP before your visit so you can be safely seen without causing risk to others.

Background

There are currently 868 cases of coronavirus confirmed in New Zealand and one coronavirus-related death as at 3 April 2020.

Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which include the common cold. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and since then has infected more than one million people worldwide and killed more than 50,000 (as at 3 April 2020). It has now spread to at least 180 countries and the World Health Organisation has declared it a global pandemic.

Scientists don’t yet know how COVID-19 is transmitted to people, but it’s likely that it comes from an animal. There is evidence that COVID-19 can spread from person to person in the community and in healthcare settings.

Entry to New Zealand is currently being denied to everyone except New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

What should you do to stay safe?

As of 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March New Zealand will be in COVID-19 Alert Level 4. This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must self-isolate at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.

Medicines and healthcare for those that need it will be available.

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means any situation where you may come in close contact with others (face to face contact closer than two metres for more than 15 minutes).

If you develop symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath you should seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or phone ahead to your GP before your visit so you can be safely seen without causing risk to others.

As with all respiratory illnesses, people can take steps to reduce their risk of infection. This includes regularly washing hands, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and avoiding close contact with anyone in your household with cold or flu-like symptoms.

For more information about COVID-19 visit the following health sites:

Toi Te Ora Public Health

Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Unite against COVID-19

Measles Vaccine Update

There have been no confirmed cases of measles in the Bay of Plenty since 1 January 2020, however gaps still remain in our communities’ protection against measles.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation is available from your family doctor or practice nurse if you or your child need to be immunised – it’s never too late to catch up.

Alternatively, there are a number of pharmacies throughout the Bay of Plenty offering free MMR immunisation for people aged 16 to 49. For a detailed list visit the Toi Te Ora Public Health website.

The Government has announced a new immunisation programme that will see 15 to 29-year-olds (a group with low immunisation rates) receive a free MMR vaccine via places such as schools and marae. More than 350,000 additional MMR vaccines are earmarked for the campaign, and are expected to arrive in New Zealand in April 2020.

To help keep you up-to-date while the situation with measles continues to evolve, the Ministry of Health has set up a webpage as a ‘one-stop shop’ with advice, including about travelling to areas with measles outbreaks and immunising children aged under 12 months.

IT IS IMPORTANT IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MEASLES SYMPTOMS THAT YOU CALL YOUR GP RATHER THAN ATTEND IN PERSON.

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