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Vosarogo Writes For Health

Our latest ‘Letter of the Week’ winner, Sera Vosarogo, received her Parker Pen prize from the Fiji Sun office in Suva, after writing her letter, ‘It’s a sad day for
10 Jun 2017 11:00
Vosarogo Writes For Health
Letter of the Week winner Sera Vosarogo receiving her Parker pen prize from Fiji Sun Editor Training Nemani Delaibatiki at the Fiji Sun office in Suva on June 9, 2017. Photo: Ranoba Baoa

Our latest ‘Letter of the Week’ winner, Sera Vosarogo, received her Parker Pen prize from the Fiji Sun office in Suva, after writing her letter, ‘It’s a sad day for National OHS Service – Ministry of Labour’.

The 40-year-old of Vanuabalavu, who previously worked in the Occupational Health and Safety Department with the Ministry of Labour, said her inspiration to write was the desire to highlight the issue of asbestos found at the Suva Civic Centre last week.

“My letter was about asbestos which is an embedded material found in the building.

“I was shocked to read the statement which was sent by the Ministry of Labour, as the only qualified asbestos personnel in Government now is the Permanent Secretary for Defence, Osea Cawaru.

“I believe that the chief health and safety inspector needs to empower their new inspector.

“When I was working at the ministry, we had all the capital resources which could analyse asbestos, but instead it (asbestos sample from the Civic Centre) was sent overseas to get it analysed.”

She said they had previously cleaned out the Suva Market when asbestos was found within the building.

“It is the role of the OHS department to assess the building and conduct the removal of asbestos as asbestos dust causes a few types of cancer,” Ms Vosarogo said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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