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Nemani Delaibatiki: Politicians Who Oppose Navua Hospital As A Quarantine Station Are Irresponsible

They are using the people for their own political agenda.
18 Feb 2020 09:47
Nemani Delaibatiki: Politicians Who Oppose Navua Hospital As A Quarantine Station Are Irresponsible
Opposition MPs, Lynda Tabuya (left), and Ratu Suliano Matanitobua outside Parliament on February 17, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga


If and when the deadly coronavirus reaches our country, we should be ready to deal with it.

But before it happens and God forbid, we should heighten our level of preparedness so that we are ready for any eventuality.

At a time like this, we need to put aside politics and work together to achieve the required level of readiness.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, needs all our support as he rallies his team to prepare our health and medical facilities.

Not the kind of fearmongering that is being created in Navua by some Opposition politicians who are doing it for cheap political gain. They are behind a petition opposing the use of Navua Hospital as a quarantine centre.

They have aided and abetted a groundswell of opposition by people against the use of Navua Hospital as an isolation unit for quarantine. This facility is owned by the Government and it has the right to do whatever is necessary with it to help keep the country safe from any disease threat. Any responsible Government would prepare the country to face any threat, emergency or crisis.

We do not want to be caught by surprise if coronavirus reaches us.

Politicians should explain to the people that all necessary precautions would be taken to make Navua Hospital safe and ready and they need not worry.

Our experience during the measles outbreak is a perfect example on how we should prepare for coronavirus. We successfully combated the measles outbreak through a collaborative approach and our high level of preparedness. No one died from it.

We should use the same formula against coronavirus. Quarantine stations will be set up in the four divisions.

In the Central Division, Navua Hospital is one of the facilities being looked at. Those who are opposing it do not understand the full implications of the efforts by the ministry to protect all people including those who live in Navua.

Politicians on both sides of the political divide have a moral obligation to not cause fear and panic among people. Those who are supporting a petition against the use of Navua Hospital are irresponsible and their sincerity is questionable.

They are using people for political purposes.


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