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Living in fear

Mere Naleba
Thursday, December 14, 2017

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has taken immediate steps to improve security for its officials on Rabi Island.

It comes after burglaries were reported on the island with health officials being targeted, resulting in them living in fear.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro yesterday confirmed police received a report on the room of a female health official being ransacked while she was away on another island attending to an emergency case.

Ms Naisoro said police were investigating the case.

In another incident which was made known to the ministry, clothes left to dry out on the line were discovered missing by the owner on Tuesday morning.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Phillip Davis said it was disturbing to know that some members of the public were willing to steal from civil servants posted to their communities to meet their health needs.

"The ministry is aware of the challenges faced by staff who work on Rabi Island and in other remote locations throughout Fiji. Following concerns raised by staff on Rabi, immediate steps are being taken to improve security," he said.

"We seek consistently to give the highest priority to staff safety and security and we have a 'zero-tolerance' approach to any threats to staff or their personal property."

Mr Davis also called on leaders of local communities to work closely with Government in ensuring the safety of civil servants posted to remote islands.

"The ministry takes its responsibilities as a good employer seriously and looks to members of the community also to care for those who care for them.

"We strongly encourage anyone who has information regarding those responsible for thefts from our staff to inform the police so that appropriate action can be taken," he said.








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