Letters To The Editor, 18th March 2017
NCD book unavailable
My wife was interested in obtaining a copy of the book based on non-communicable diseases (NCD) by the Ministry of Health. Upon ringing up the appropriate section of the ministry we were told that the book was sold out and no longer in print.
What a pity. This book could be of immense help to the population.
Maybe some funding agency could provide assistance to have more copies made.
The double lane road construction along the Nausori-Suva corridor has been very slow and is causing problems and frustration to motorists.
We were very hopeful that the progress would be expedited for the benefit for all and the stress factor for the drivers would be eliminated very soon.
Yesterday, I heard over the news by the Fiji Roads Authority personnel saying that the uncompleted four kilometres of the stretch would take at least another two years. The FRA said the soil there was classified as surcharge and would need to settle in well before any works could be done to it because of the swampy condition of the said site.
This was received with disappointment to note that and I believe there are no technologies available to work with such problematic obstructions according to the spokeperson.
I wonder how the other countries tackle such issues. It would be a crime here to torture the general public for another two years. Providing such cheap explanation is a worry now and one wonders if the organisation tasked with the project is in capable hands.
Are landslides becoming an increasing risk associated with intense rainfall? Well, whatever one’s views is, larger landslides are happening. For example, there have been reports of big landslides in Qamea and recently in Gau.
The loss of property, gardens and threat to the safety of the community is of great concern. Here in Suva, there was large landslide along Edinburgh Drive, with large chunks of soap stone falling from the upper end of Waimanu Road.