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Pointing Fingers Is Pointless: Dr Fong

We also urge the public once again to agree to be tested if there is even a small chance you may have been exposed to the virus, to cooperate fully with the contact tracing teams, and to observe the practices that will keep us all safe.
06 May 2021 20:41
Pointing Fingers Is Pointless: Dr Fong
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong at Thursday May 6, 2021 press conference. Photo: Leon Lord

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong is again urging members of the public to show concern and sympathy for those who become infected by COVID-19.

His comments comes after Fiji recorded its first death from a locally-transmitted case of the virus.

During his daily nationwide address, Dr Fong said: “I read some comments last night and today –– some confused and some angry –– about why this gentleman did not consent to be tested for COVID-19 until, quite sadly, it was too late.

“I can’t speak to his decision, but I know I speak for the staff of the Lautoka Hospital when I say –– this is not the time for blame. As we have seen, this virus can attack anyone. Pointing fingers is pointless.

“We urge the public to show concern and sympathy for all people who become infected. We also urge the public once again to agree to be tested if there is even a small chance you may have been exposed to the virus, to cooperate fully with the contact tracing teams, and to observe the practices that will keep us all safe. It could easily be a matter of life-or-death. This is a devastating virus, and as we have said, it is very unforgiving of even the smallest lapse or mistake.”

Dr Fong said they still do not know how the how the deceased patient contracted the virus.

For now they suspect that the patient was the source point of transmission to the two doctors at Lautoka Hospital who were previously announced as COVID-positive.

“So our sorrow –– this time –– is matched by an extreme sense of urgency to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and to prevent more vulnerable Fijians from succumbing to this deadly virus.

“We also urge the public once again to agree to be tested if there is even a small chance you may have been exposed to the virus, to cooperate fully with the contact tracing teams, and to observe the practices that will keep us all safe. It could easily be a matter of life-or-death. This is a devastating virus, and as we have said, it is very unforgiving of even the smallest lapse or mistake.”



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