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Health Minister To Investigate Protocol Breach

Dr Waqainabete during the talanoa session in Lomaloma Village said there was no need for an isolation centre but he would look into the matter.
24 Jan 2022 10:48
Health Minister To Investigate Protocol Breach
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete with Ruth Gucake (closest to camera) and Tehila Gucake of Vanuabalavu, Lau. Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete will look into concerns raised on those breaking COVID-19 protocols when travelling to Vanuabalavu in Lau.

This comes after a villager in Vanuabalavu requested him if an isolation centre could be set up on the island.

Eroni Loganimoce said people did not follow isolation/quarantine protocols when they reached the island.

Dr Waqainabete during the talanoa session in Lomaloma Village said there was no need for an isolation centre but he would look into the matter.

“A lot of those who arrive on the island do not follow the isolation protocols and this puts others at risk,” Mr Loganimoce said.

“We had written to the ministry with our concern on stopping people from Viti Levu to come to the village so our island can be COVID-19 free and because this is not possible, we hope an isolation centre can be provided.”

Dr Waqainabete responded: “It (COVID-19 Protocols) is changing as we go along. The decision we made a month ago will change a month later.

“The way we are moving now, shows that one day quarantine will not be needed. A vaccination card is needed to be produced when demanded and temperature check.

“We will investigate the issue raised if isolation is being breached then the question is whether we should have it or not.”

There are 18 villages in Vanuabalavu which is divided into two districts namely Lomaloma and Mualevu.

 

Vax rate praised

Dr Waqainabete praised the villagers of Vanuabalavu for their teamwork in encouraging eligible adults to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

He said they were happy that 97 per cent of Fijians have taken the first jab and 93 per cent have received their second jab.

“When vaccination at the maritime islands arrived, Vanuabalavu was one of the first islands to get fully vaccinated. I thank all of you for that,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“When COVID-19 arrived on the island, the effects were not as strong as it was expected as we faced in Viti Levu.

“Vaccination arrived late to the island, but the vaccination rate increased rapidly.”

Dr Waqainabete said there were places in Fiji he had to visit and talk to people about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

“Those with pre-existing illness should get the booster shot so it can protect us. We will live with COVID, but we must try to protect ourselves.”

Dr Waqainabete encouraged those present to work together in the fight against COVID-19.

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