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Friday, October 17, 2014

Authorities forced to respond to Ebola concerns

Fiji police: due home from Liberia.
Is Fiji ready for the Ebola epidemic?

The question is a fair one but not one Parliament is ready for – or wants to discuss.

An urgent question was filed yesterday by Fiji’s Opposition member, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, but it was rejected by the Speaker.

Lalabalavu
The epidemic is sweeping several West African countries, with new cases reported in the U.S. and Spain and Germany but there have been no reports of the virus in Fiji or anywhere near the Pacific.

Fiji police, however, are stationed as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in Liberia, one of the hot spots for Ebola.

Fiji has now been forced to respond with the Assistant Health Minister, Veena Bhatnagar, saying safety measures have been put into place.



She says the Ministry mobilised a taskforce early in August so safety precautions are already in place .


"This multiagency technical advisory group which consisted of advisers from within the ministry, WHO, Defence Ministry, Foreign Affairs, Ports Authority of Fiji and most recently AFL have mobilised preparations at the boarders and hospitals in preparedness of any arrival from an Ebola affected country."


But she also says measures are being stepped up with  training and workshops being held next week for health professionals.


Lalabalavu's urgent question stated that:

Given the potential of the epidemic to worsen before it is expected to be brought under control, can the Minister for Health please inform the House on the following:


• Does the Ministry have in place any plans to create public awareness about the Ebola virus and what can be done to prevent it?


• What plans do we have to effectively isolate any suspect cases


• Has the Ministry started any training of Health personnel to handle cases while maintaining their own safety


• Do these plans include the establishment of an Ebola testing laboratory to enable quick results?


• Have our Border officials and airline personnel been briefed on this Virus and are they ready to conduct proper screening of visitors and returning residents?


• What plans have we got in place for screening our Police contingent when they return from Liberia which is the centre of the Ebola epidemic.


Fiji police have also undertaken not to send replacements to Liberia.


The Fiji Times quotes police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, as saying the first lot of officers is expected back at the end of next month and the rest in May next year.


Last month the Health Ministry said the chances of Ebola entering the country were low but conceded if it did, it would be via an infected traveller.

21 comments:

  1. Some of the SODELPA MPS like Niko,
    and Karavaki are worse than EBOLA virus. People should worry about them first than EBOLA virus.









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  2. The biggest Ebola is Naiqama himself who impregnated a under 16 girl and wasn't prosecuted because they were related and the family didn't want to shame them all.

    Anyway the Ministry of health has been ready as sated by the minister. Where was Naiqama? Busy climbing some kalavo somewhere?

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  3. If Niko is best SODELPA can offer, then I am glad they not in power.

    Naiqama is a pedophile who should be in jail and Karavaki is hiding behind pulpit and continues to lie.

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  4. @anonymous 3:46
    How about the best FFP can offer:
    Bainimarama - Committed Treason; Murdered unarmed CRW soldiers; Beat up Women; Rigged Election; and even 2 weeks ago ordered the Brutal Beating of a 60year old man.
    The man is totally NUTS and he's the Prime Minister.

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  5. If anyone is Ebola virus it is Bainimarama... and Khaiyum. Both sucking the marrow out of the people of Fiji, paying themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars for ministerial post.

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  6. The Fiji Health System is FARKED!

    Assistant Health Minister, Veena Bhatnagar is talking through her arse....

    There is NO WAY THE FIJI HEALTH SYSTEM IS PREPARED.

    THEY DONT EVEN HAVE A PATHOLOGY SERVICE IN LAUTOKA HOSPITAL....

    So HOW THE FARK ARE THEY GOING TO DETECT THE VIRUS?
    HOW DO THEY EVEN DO BASIC BLOOD TESTS?
    HOW DO THEY KNOW WHETHER ITS A DIFFERENT DISEASE?
    IT COULD BE AIDS?

    HOW DO THEY EVEN KNOW WHETHER THERE IS ACTUALLY ANYTHING WRONG WITH A PATIENT?
    YOU NEED A PATHOLOGY SERVICE TO TELL YOU ALL THAT

    You might as well get the Doctors do a VOODOOO DANCE or rub GUAVA LEAVES TOGETHER....THEY HAVE NO FARKING IDEA ..

    Doctors reassuring the community is tantamount to GROSS NEGLIGENCE AND DERELICTION OF DUTIES...

    HOW THE FARK DID DOCTORS ALLOW THE LAUTOKA HOSPITAL DESCEND TO SUCH A LEVEL OF DEGREDATION.....
    and now they are saying they are ready.
    READY FOR WHAT...BURIAL????

    HOW IRRESPONSIBLE!

    WHO THE FARK GAVE THE AUTHORISATION THAT WE ARE READY????

    DO THEY KNOW WHAT THE FARK EBOLA IS?
    or do they think this is matetaka or someother bullshit.

    WHAT A FARKING JOKE.

    BAINIMARAMA HAS WRECKED FIJI'S HEALTH SYSTEM.
    THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU continuously take money out of Health and feed the FAT PUSSIES AT DELAINABUA.



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  7. whatca gonna don then?October 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    ps sorry to say it but the way of international travel and Fiji being a travel destination, there is a big chance Ebola will make it's way to Suva, Nadi, Denarau, Lautoka etc etc.

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  8. Ratu Labalaba is another virus worse than EBOLA. People should be frightened of them. These people will do more damage to the people than EBOLA. In fact half of SODELPA is worse than EBOLA.

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  9. Looks like this Fijian name for all is not recognised in NZ and Pacific where Indians are still Indians

    Indian Couple In Samoa Claim Human Rights Violations
    Pair accused of selling mislabeled kava file complaint over search

    APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Oct. 15, 2014) – An Indian couple – Rakesh and Joidy Singh who own and operate Powerlite Electrical and Refrigeration in Apia is seeking help from the office of the Ombudsman for the alleged “violation of their human rights” by an officer from the Ministry of Health. The Singh’s are implicated in what appears to be the sale of imported Fijian kava and sold in Samoa under Samoan labels. The four brands identified by the Health officials include the “Savelio Ava Samoa Fagaloa” which is imported from Joidy Sharma-Singh’s family company BRIJ Sharma Kava Fiji. In a letter to the Ombudsman office dated 14th October 2014, the Singhs have asked the Ombudsman’s office to investigate the “violation of their human rights by an officer of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Mr. Pose Sione.” “Pose Sione told me that he does not care even if we see our lawyer,” said Mr. Singh. “He told me that if I will see the lawyer, then I will be in problems,” said Mr. Singh. According to Mr. Singh, Mr. Sione’s action was a violation of their human rights.

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  10. Ebola like Aids is here to stay.

    The government is lying under its skin and Fiji will be affected sometime.

    This is disastrous when it happens.

    The parliament need to quickly pass new laws to isolate anyone who travels from these affected countries at an isolated location like Nukulau island.

    There need to be a group trained and dedicated to these situation. Not just words that they are ready. Some budget needs to be put aside for this disease.

    Get Dr Luveni to do what she was trained to do when it happens.

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  11. Dont worry Ebola we got kutusebe that will put up a good fight.

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  12. O ni sega ni oca na vosa ca tiko eke ni yavu tamata lamusona. Ni tonoka tikoga na keyboard lai tonoka nomuni dui sona me vakataki kua ni rere.

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  13. Ratu Naiqama's concern about ebola was, and still is, very relevant.

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  14. There was no threat of a coup in Nawaikula's speech. There was a veiled threat made by Bainimarama and his henchmen against Nawaikula - giving proof that Fiji is still under thug rule.

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  15. ebola will sneak into fiji without it even knowing.

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  16. This govt's solution to the termite issue(kadivuka) is to switch all lights and make fire outside. I wonder what's for EBOLA - stop travelling.......lol
    sivia na vuku!!!

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  17. EVERY FIJIAN IN AFRICA MUST BE RECALLED AND IMMEDIATELY. DONT FARK AROUND WITH EBOLA, WE DONT HAVE A FARKING CLUE AND IT WILL KILL US LIKE FLIES, WITH ALL THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS DIEING FIRST.

    NAIQAMA IS CORRECT ON AND NEEDS TO CALL A MARCH OF THE PEOPLE RIGHT AWAY AND NOT SIT ON HIS ARSE.

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  18. IT'S LIVING IN DENIAL!! THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH,FIJI IS SO LAY BACK IN THAT SENSE WHILE THE WORLD IS VERY MUCH AWARE AND PRACTICALLY
    TYRING TO CONTAIN IT AND STOP IT FROM SPREADING....
    THEY THINK THAT IT WONT REACH FIJI...HELLO WAKE UP FIJI...
    SA RAUTA NA VUCESA KEI NA MOCE TIKO!!

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  19. Reports show that the ebola virus has spread prolifically in West Africa because of poor living conditions. Thankfully, under the new government of the people of Fiji, this is not the case.

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  20. Don't worry about Frank. You catch ebola by eating bush meat. Not by shaking hands with bush league dictators.

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  21. What a way to sidestepping the issue when its only a suggestion that Naiqama is offering.

    That form 7 dropout just can't seem to handle the pressure from a predominantly SODELPA opposition

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