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COVID-19: How Families Surviving In Confinement

Mr Khan, 59, a painting supervisor at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa in Nadi, is one of the 25,000 people who lost their jobs in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
29 Mar 2020 12:28
COVID-19: How Families Surviving In Confinement

We are surviving, says Mohammed Jafrulla Khan, of Tavakubu, Lautoka.

Mr Khan, 59, a painting supervisor at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa in Nadi, is one of the 25,000 people who lost their jobs in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by COVID-19.

Mr Khan has been working at the resort for the past 13 years and was the sole breadwinner for his family of eight.

“When we heard the news about the first patient, we were sent home on the morning of March 19. Most of us, we don’t have leave hours and so from next week for most of us we will not be getting paid, I received my last pay on Tuesday,” he said.

He said his family would now depend on funds from his Fiji National Provident Fund account.

“I am happy that Government is able to support us. We are coping well and are okay at the moment. We have no other option but to use our FNPF.”

Mr Khan is not sure of when he will resume work. Meanwhile, Felicia Wedlock and her family are making sure that all precautionary measures are taken seriously.

Since the confinement period in Lautoka was activated, Ms Wedlock made it her duty to educate her children on the importance of washing their hands frequently.

“Bear with the Government and ride this out, do not risk your life or anyone else by going out,” she said.

“The children should stay indoors, they have become vigilant on their own about washing their hands withhand wash before and after meals and whenever they can. They stay tuned with the news and are keenly following the virus outbreak in the country.”

She said the children, who attend Natabua High School, Jasper Williams High School and Saint Thomas Primary School, were kept occupied doing school work and prioritising prayer time with the family.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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