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Waqainabete Thanks Ra Teachers For COVID Help

The teachers were part of conducting screening, entering data, profiling, verifying the $360, verifying the lottery and attending to the vaccination for students.
10 Dec 2021 12:40
Waqainabete Thanks Ra Teachers For COVID Help
The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete with the group of teachers from the Ra District who volunteered to assist the ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic in Fiji. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

You are also now a doctor, you are also now a nurse, life is so precious, and I propose to you that you would be a health advocate to the children you look after and the parents that you liaise with.

These were words of encouragement by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete while officiating at the awards night on Wednesday for Ra teachers who volunteered to assist the Ministry of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Close to 100 teachers beginning from Early Childhood Education (ECE) to secondary level education were acknowledged for their efforts at the awards night.

Dr Waqainabete said he was assured that the work the teachers did to help the health ministry would allow them to help children become productive.

“I am a son of a teacher, and I can say that you are investing in your children, in everything that you do, you are investing in your children, and I know that your children will become very productive, and they will also have a very good career because you are investing in them when you teach, love and look after our children,” he said.

“The work you do on the frontline, you are helping the social determinants of education by encouraging and verifying the $360 you are helping the mum’s and dads to support their children.

“By ensuring that mum’s and dads are vaccinated, that grandmothers and grandfathers are vaccinated, you are also protecting their children.”

 

Unity

As a doctor, surgeon and a minister, unity was the most important tool to address the issue of getting people vaccinated, Dr Waqainabete said.

Rakiraki District School head teacher of school and team leader for the district of Rakiraki health team, Sevanaia Jale acknowledged his colleagues for their dedication and love to the calling to help the health ministry and the nation.

The teachers were part of conducting screening, entering data, profiling, verifying the $360, verifying the lottery and attending to the vaccination for students.

He also proposed to Dr Waqainabete to provide some incentives to the teachers as they were part of the operations from April.

“We are a professional body, and our focus is on support for the public health act and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services during response operations, some of our teachers went beyond the call of duty and I am proud of them,” he said.

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