Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday acknowledged the immense contributions and tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers and members of the disciplined forces at our various COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Nadi.
Prime Minister Bainimarama said with the global coronavirus infections surpassing 40 million, most people on earth lived under constant threat of infection from the deadly coronavirus but this is not the case in Fiji.
“That is owed to each of you, our nurses, doctors, CDC lab technicians, and the members of our disciplined forces who have kept Fiji COVID-Contained,” he said.
“Some countries are COVID-free because they shut their borders completely, even to their own people and never had the coronavirus. But, Fiji actually dealt with an outbreak and together, we beat it. Our testing was fast, early, and effective, achieving one of the world’s lowest positivity rates.
“Fiji systematically identified and quarantined every known contact of every single case in the country and broke every chain of transmission.”
Prime Minister Bainimarama also acknowledged the stringent infection protocols in place that assisted in the containment campaign during the devastation of TC Harold earlier this year and also the safe repatriation of Fijians around the world, with minimum risk of the public’s well-being.
Fiji is now 186 days COVID-Contained outside of a secure border quarantine facility.“Our leadership has not only saved lives in Fiji, but beyond our borders as well,” the Prime Minister added.
“This is portrayed through the mandating quarantine for healthcare workers, the use of disciplined forces to monitor our border quarantine facilities, and the mandatory testing of those in border quarantine before release.
The Prime Minister told the frontline workers that; “Your nation is with you, we are invested in your success, and we deeply appreciate the great sacrifices you are making. We understand you are more than our healthcare heroes, that you are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and neighbors and that you have given up time with those you love for the sake of our safety”.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and his delegation also had a tour of the Nadi International Airport to witness firsthand quarantine procedures and passenger-handling, thereafter, he visited the Tanoa International Hotel and later Port Denarau where he was briefed on the update of the Blue Lane initiative.