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Children Long For Frontliner Mum

'We love you.' Kids haven't hugged their frontliner mum for months.
09 May 2021 16:26
Children Long For Frontliner Mum
From left: Luisa Wainiqolo 6, Eremasi Wainiqolo 3, Asela Wainiqolo 1, with dad Aquila Wainiqolo hold up signs in Coloi-Suva on May 8, 2021 in support to front liners especially their mum who is a nurse and away from them during Mothers Day. Photo: Leon Lord INSET: Staff nurse and mother Aqela Matai Wainiqolo.

 ‘We love you mom’ 

Those were the words from the Wainiqolo children of Colo-i-Suva village, to their mother Aqela Matai Wainiqolo.

Mrs Wainiqolo is one of a team of nurses who are part of a response team that carry out swab tests in the community.

Being away from home for the past two months, has been heart-breaking for Mrs Wainiqolo as she misses her children and husband.

Without physically giving hugs and kisses to her four children, she strives on day by day knowing that by being away from home, she is protecting them from the pandemic.

While most mothers would today be celebrating Mother’s Day, Mrs Waniqolo is among those out in the red zone areas conducting swab tests for COVID-19.

She said seeing her children via video call at the end of a tiring day, gives her a sense of motivation to continue her work.

Her four kids are from ages 15, six, three and one year old.

The oldest is with his grandmother in Nadera.

Mrs Wainiqolo said “The first month I was still going home from work but then being in this field, I am so cautious about exposing my family to this pandemic. For me this meant that even though I go home, I would just go straight into my room without any hugging or touching my kids for a whole month. I have four kids, I have two small ones who run around, and they cry to me for hugs and kisses but because of this COVID going around, I just did not want to risk it….to read the full story, subscribe to Fiji Sun’s e-edition.

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