Chand calls for tightening of movement through borders

abasa businessman and former National Federation Party parliamentarian Parmod Chand. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Labasa businessman and former National Federation Party parliamentarian Parmod Chand has called on Government to tighten movement through borders of Vanua Levu.

With the continuous rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, Mr Chand who owns Parmod Enterprises Ltd said the North was safe from the pandemic thus the need to strictly control border movement.

“Trade continues between Vanua Levu and Viti Levu and they should have stringent measures with trucks and drivers that deals with cargo being sent across,” he said.

“All trucks crossing from jetties in Viti Levu to the North should be sanitised and another driver should wait at Nabouwalu, Savusavu or Taveuni jetties to take the trucks.

“They should also be strict with our frontline workers and they should also see that nobody cross the borders to keep Vanua Levu safe.”

Mr Chand said we couldn’t afford to have any COVID-19 case in the North as many people were already affected by its impacts.

The Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport together with the police and Ministry of Health officials have set down strict protocols for trucks transporting cargo to Vanua Levu and maritime islands.

These measures include trucks being decontaminated at disembarking points and that separate drivers are provided at the port of disembarkation.

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