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Health Ministry To Issue Warning On All Businesses Failing To Monitor CareFIJI App

Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong, said these were high risk areas where users come into contact with different people thus the need for contact tracing apps to be used.
14 Aug 2020 11:32
Health Ministry To Issue Warning On All Businesses Failing To Monitor CareFIJI App

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will soon be issuing warning letters to business operators failing to monitor the CareFIJI mobile application from its customers.

This comes after repeated complaints were lodged with the Ministry by members of the public on gym operators. The operators were failing to register the user details and also failing to check the CareFIJI mobile app of those using their facilities.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong, said these were high risk areas where users come into contact with different people thus the need for contact tracing apps to be used.

“We have some of our team that are currently out conducting spot checks and we will be issuing warning letters generally soon,” Dr Fong said.

On June 21, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, announced that gyms, fitness centres and swimming pool operators could open their facilities and maintain contact tracing information for every person using its services.

Mr Bainimarama then said: “Operators must keep these facilities clean and maintain contact tracing information for every person who uses their facilities by checking for CareFIJI installation and keeping a manual log for those who don’t have smartphones.”

Minister for Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, said though there has not been any community transmission of COVID-19, Fijians should not let their guards down.

“We have to do our part, we have been requesting people to download the contact tracing app because that will allow us in case we have COVID-19 in the community to quickly find the phone numbers of those who may have been in contact with the infected person,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“Our resources are finite and we need to work together to be able to trace those that are very likely to have the disease by downloading this app.”

USP Fitness Centre

Gym enthusiast Kasim Nazeem yesterday raised his concerns with the Fiji Sun on the lack of compliance shown by the University of the South Pacific fitness Centre staff.

This was also the case when a team from this newspaper visited the Centre on Tuesday.

“I went to the USP gym on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and the machine that we had actually scanned our membership cards on was down and nothing was done to register our details nor did they check for the CareFIJI App,” he said.

“Students from across the region use this facility, high school students do so too and members of the public from outside the University. If one carries the virus and does not know, everyone that uses the gym is at risk and it will be hard to contact and trace them too.”

He called on the University to look into the issue for the health and safety of all its users.

In a statement issued by the University responding to queries by the Fiji Sun, it stated: “USP Gym, as part of its 10 point COVID Management protocols requests all users to download the CareFIJI App.

“This is checked at reception and backed by access control that logs all users of the Gym either electronically, or for visitors through signing in.

“These measures are in place to provide support of any reviews of attendance if and when required and a log of any incidents is also kept at reception.”

Edited By Selita Bolanavanua

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