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Australian Army Personnel To Move To Other Cyclone-Stricken Areas To Continue Help

Currently, the personnel are working with our Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel rebuilding Galoa Island Primary School in the Bua Province.
06 Jan 2021 12:09
Australian Army Personnel To Move To Other Cyclone-Stricken Areas To Continue Help
Members of the Australian Army and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces during the rebuilding efforts in the Northern Division. Photos: Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force personnel will continue its Cyclone Yasa recovery assistance in other parts of the North once their COVID-19 results continue negative after January 8.

Currently, the personnel are working with our Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel rebuilding Galoa Island Primary School in the Bua Province.

Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima said this team was working in a cordon off area, dubbed quarantine bubble by the Australians, and strictly monitored by COVID-19 team of disciplinary forces and health officials.

He said personnel were away from the village.

Australian Army and the RFMF personnel during rebuilding efforts in the North. Photo: Australian Defence Force

Australian Army and the RFMF personnel during rebuilding efforts in the North. Photo: Australian Defence Force

“All COVID-19 protocols are followed and our ADF partner has started working in rebuilding schools,” Mr Rainima said.

“They are working to finish off the work this week.”

In a series of social media posts, Australia Defence Minister Linda Reynolds highlighted the strong Vuvale partnership that Fiji and Australia shared adding that she was proud to stand with ‘our Fijian Vuvale!’

“The walls are nearly up!

“Your ADF and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are making great progress in reconstructing a local primary school on Galoa, near Vanua Levu in Fiji, following TC Yasa.

“COVID-19 protocols and measures are being followed including regular testing.

“Defence Australia doctors and nurses on board HMAS Adelaide are working hard to maintain the health and safety of our people and our Fijian Vuvale, returning test results on board the ship in just 45 minutes.”

Meanwhile the HMAS Adelaide will arrive in Suva on Friday to restock supplies.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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