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Degrading Remarks, Refusing To Be Screened Doesn’t Stop Kuru’s Work

Lieutenant Kuru has been on the frontline since Day 1 and away from his family for more than a month.
24 Apr 2020 15:00
Degrading Remarks, Refusing To Be Screened Doesn’t Stop Kuru’s Work
Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel and members of the COVID-19 Task Force team conduct mobile screening in parts of Suva.

Degrading comments and refusing to be screened have not slowed down Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Lieutenant Amania Kuru’s work.

He is the Platoon Commander for the RFMF COVID-19 Task Force Team assisting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. They are tasked to conduct contact tracing those who have travel history and those in close contacts with the COVID-19 patients.

Lieutenant Kuru has been on the frontline since Day 1 and away from his family for more than a month.

The work requires tracking inbound passengers, being part of the mobile fever clinic, and checking up on people put into self-isolation until they are cleared.

He said society had misinterpreted and misunderstood Government directives.

“Some still see it as a joke and this has made our work hard,” he said.

“Some people still cannot accept the fact that we have coronavirus in Fiji.

“We have been rejected and abused verbally by some households while trying to do our work.”

Lieutenant Kuru has said this unwarranted banter stop him from doing his work.

Despite the risky and challenging nature of the work, the man from Vanuaso, Gau, has so far enjoyed it.

He has had the task of telling his family that he would not be able to be close to them physically because of the risks involved.

He gets in touch with them daily.

Lieutenant Kuru had always thought there could be nothing tougher than being a soldier.

That was up until he took on the task with the health officials.

He said he salutes all medical professionals and frontline staff the world over doing what they do.

“Please support the operation that the Ministry of Health is conducting. They have been risking their lives to save yours,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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