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PM’s Message Clear: Ensure No One Falls Through The Help Cracks

Our preparedness for Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston has been applauded here and abroad.  But our response after the February 20 disaster must not flag. The risk in a disaster of
02 Mar 2016 10:30
PM’s Message Clear: Ensure No One Falls Through The Help Cracks

Our preparedness for Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston has been applauded here and abroad.  But our response after the February 20 disaster must not flag.

The risk in a disaster of this magnitude is that areas and people can slip through the cracks. There have been some reports of this.

We must redouble our efforts. All helping must focus on action not excuses.

There is no shame in admitting deficiencies provided we take quick action to resolve them.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama understands that well. He was in Rakiraki yesterday on a special trip to meet with advisory councillors from some of the badly affected areas.

He stressed to them the importance of communicating constantly with DISMAC. The importance of making sure DISMAC has accurate information about the needs of the people.

He spoke in a closed session for about 30 minutes and encouraged the advisory councillors to work closely with DISMAC Operations teams.

The Prime Minister was concerned about possible misinformation between the two parties.

In the end it’s the families, the children, the victims of severe TC Winston who suffer if there are deficiencies in the relief effort.

Already, many are traumatised.  The psychological impact of February 20 will leave a scar.

The least we can do is provide them their most immediate needs. Quickly.

This is why the Prime Minister has again stressed that all who suffered during the cyclone should have access to the relief help. No matter who they are and where they are.

Accompanying the Prime Minister were the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu, Minister for Labour Semi Koroilavesau, Minister for Women, Poverty Alleviation and Children Rosy Akbar,  and Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar.

This was a powerful lineup and a strong message.

That message is clear. The Prime Minister wants no one falling through the help cracks. No excuses.

ROSI DOVIVERATA

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 

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