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Selfishness = Delay: Dr Fong

“Our COVID-19 Food Ration hotline went live this morning (yesterday). We received 100,000 calls as of noon today. I was disappointed to learn that we had several members of the same households inundating the number with calls."
02 May 2021 16:26
Selfishness = Delay: Dr Fong

Different family members from the same household have been calling the food ration number 161, requesting food packs.

Airing his disappointment last night, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong, said this was an act of selfishness, and delayed deliveries to those who were really in need of the rations.

Last night he said: “To ease the economic hardship of the lockdown, trucks carrying 5000 food ration packs were loaded and shipped throughout the Suva-Nausori Lockdown Zone before sunrise today (yesterday). They are currently making delivery runs to families with a genuine need for food supply.

“Our COVID-19 Food Ration hotline went live this morning (yesterday). We received 100,000 calls as of noon today. I was disappointed to learn that we had several members of the same households inundating the number with calls.

“We were clear yesterday — food is distributed on a household-by-household basis. Attempts to game the system only succeed at delaying the delivery of food to Fijians with a genuine need. That selfishness has serious consequences for those who need this assistance.

“We have an e-mail address available to help divert some of the call volume. If you can use email, please do — it is the fastest way our teams can get into contact with you. You can send your name, address, the number of people in your household, and your mobile number to covid19rations@gmail.com Our teams will follow-up with you as soon as they can.”

What’s in the food pack:

  • 10kg Punjas Long Grain rice
  • Punjas Normal Flour
  • Punjas Split Peas
  • Soya Bean Oil
  • Tinned Fish – Mackerel
  • Punjas Breakfast Crackers
  • Tea & powdered milk

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj



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