Letters to the Editor – Saturday, November 20, 2021

Terio Tamani in training. Picture: FT FILE

Tough Dubai 7s outing

The Fiji men’s and women’s 7s teams presented their itatau to President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere at Government House on Thursday. The men’s 7s team faces Australia, Canada and France while the women’s 7s team will face team Great Britain, Russia, Ireland and Canada. With the NZ women’s 7s team not featuring, the Fijiana has a great opportunity to win gold medal although they will face tough opposition from Australia, France, USA and Canada. Our boys will be tested by Australia, South Africa, USA, Argentina and Team Great Britain. It’s a pity that Samoa and the All Blacks will miss the Dubai 7s due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Fiji has a solid line-up in Olympic gold medallists Josua Vakurinabili and Waisea Nacuqu and Kavekini Tabu and Terio Tamani who have been to the HSBC WRSS previously and the likes of Jeremaia Matana, Daniele Yaya, Iowane Teba, Iowane Raturaciri, Kaminieli Rasaku, Manueli Maisamoa, Joseva Talacolo, Filipe Sauturaga, Tevita Daugunu, Panapasa Qeruqeru and Elia Canakaivata. Although these players look strangers on the circuit, they have been playing 7s and they have got a good break and an opportunity to compete for next year’s Commonwealth Games and the RWC 7s. Toso Viti! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Do away with nightclubs

I fully agree with M. Israr Khan (FT 19/11). Yes, we should do away with nightclubs for good and they are definitely a waste of money and quality time with family. Now, that the new curfew time has come into play from 12-4am, wait and watch for the crime rate to escalate. Essential services should continue as normal. Fellow Fijians, remain and be vigilant at all times, especially with this rainy weather fast approaching. Allen, as I am not completely literate, can you track down the police reports of crimes heading towards Christmas. I will surely arrange for quality kava and lovo lunch at Lautoka Golf Club with a new button phone like mine, valued around $30. A very manageable and standard offer for you. Raymond Singh Marine Drive, Lautoka

More finance

IT seems the whole attention is currently centred on exerting pressure on the bigger polluting countries for more financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation. What about the devastation and misery caused by the coronavirus which will have a lasting impact on our lives as we struggle to adapt to the new normal? Surely we need access to more financing to accelerate the recovery and rebuilding of our economies? Shouldn’t the countries responsible contribute more? SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

Survey reports

Two alarming survey reports being published The Fiji Times this week. These reports raise people’s eyebrows on the alleged affairs of the state. I recall one of William Shakespeare’s famous line from the play Hamlet; “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. VISHNU D. SHARMA Nakasi

Our teachers

Teachers, like the sugar industry at one time, are the backbone for our country. Our students learn from them and based on what is being taught, join the workforce to put their education to practice. Teachers before they join the workforce are expected to qualify in their field to gain knowledge to pass on to students. Teachers cannot go into the teaching field without having relevant skills and expertise. We cannot be teaching if we ourselves don’t know what to teach. Teachers’ lives are not easy. Their life is like a roller coaster and a bumpy ride which they try to make smoother both for themselves and their students. Some don’t even know when it’s morning or afternoon, some don’t even get time to visit the washroom properly and some are not able to find enough time to spend with their families. Most of us must be having close relatives as teachers and we can tell the pressure they endure daily. There are additional pressures as well when some students complain over petty stuff. I believe some teachers have been laid off work because of tangled and twisted complaints that could have been handled better. The bottom line is that our teachers who are already on that rollercoaster ride do not need additional burden thrown at them overnight. To suggest they have a degree in teaching had to come from way before and not all of sudden like this. Yes, we need improvements and upgrading but not overnight. If it was entertained all this while, then it can drag on a bit more. Tell them to upgrade accordingly and give them a timeframe to finish rather than laying them off. We need teachers with proper qualification no doubt, but we cannot lose them only because we realised overnight, they had to have a degree. Please allow them to finish their degree and for those who already have, good on you. We appreciate the authorities making this call at the same time we thank all hard-working teachers. Please work it out well. Kirti Patel Lautoka

Leg chopping dept

It is indeed frightening to read the news article on the state of health of our people, especially diabetes where amputations of limbs seem to be the only solution. The problem is not new to an island nation. The prevalence of this life-threatening disease is common within Pacific Island nations. It can be controlled and cured if we take responsibility of our health. Medical treatment is secondary to managing this disease. The primary focus should be on public awareness by the Public Health Department. As stated, the illness is obviously within our iTaukei families which, I believe, is due to lack of knowledge about the disease and its causes. The Ministry of Health should spend more funds on providing its Public Health Department with the necessary tools to reach out to the communities on its awareness program. Weekly visits to villages would be an excellent idea. Next should be visits to all primary and secondary schools in Fiji to educate the children on healthy living. Self-discipline is key to manage and control this killer disease. Diabetes is a self-inflicted wound that can take one’s life if it is not given medical attention at the beginning. Dr Timoci Qereqeretabua’s statement that “health seeking behaviour of individuals” is the issue here and this, in my opinion, is due to lack of awareness of the danger this disease poses. Eating sugary foods and consuming fizzy drinks is a major contributing factor. This can be controlled with self-discipline. Obesity is another major contributor to diabetes. Public awareness in my view will assist in preventing most “limb chopping” of our people. I have worked for the Cook Islands Ministry of Health, holding several senior executive positions, including hospital general manager and acting secretary of health. During my tenure at the Rarotonga General Hospital, I have experienced similar situations that are faced by our local surgeons with respect to diabetes. My concerns on people’s health in the Cook Islands became the talking point within the Cook Islands Ministry of Health including the Minister of Health. I was given full support by the Minister in my endeavours to manage the MOH, backed by an efficient and effective Public Health Department which was led by qualified personnel. The onus is on us, as individuals, to take full responsibility for what we eat and how much we eat. No amount of wealth can buy health. When you have good health, you can buy wealth. Adi Narayan Volavola Road, Tamavua, Suva

Diabetes issue

It’s grossly disappointing to learn that our medical system has not been on par with the rest of the world in treating foot diabetes. As revealed in the past, old school methods were being put into practice which has, apparently, led to a high number of avoidable “lost limbs”. So when will our medical fraternity update their procedures of treatment? Or is conveniently chopping off an infected foot an easy way out for our so-called medical professionals? Sad indeed. Nishant Singh Lautoka

My dream

I dreamt that another round of assistance to coincide with Christmas was passed unanimously in Parliament. Allen, did you dream it too, boy? Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

Pending action

Again, I am compelled to write about the pending reversal of our Jetset Town’s main street to two-way traffic, as had been decided long ago. What is causing the delay, may I ask? Suresh Chand Nadi

More news

I get more news out of this column than the front page. It’s getting interesting day by day. Thank you, writers. ABHAY NAND Vunimono, Nausori

Cyclone season

We are already in the cyclone season and expectations are high to get a bad one in the coming days. To build better security and safe houses for citizens will be more important than having a speech. Jaheed Buksh Korolevu, Sigatoka

Rugby match

It appears to me that whenever Fiji loses a rugby match, it always seems to be the referee’s fault. At least, that is what many Fijians believe. We, referees, do make mistakes from time to time but as the legendary Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly, once said “such is life”. But this referee would say “get lost”. Jan Nissar NSW, Australia

Rum and Coke

That bloke from Australia (memory loss) prefers to share a mix of rum and Coke with SS the next time he visits “LA” (FT 19/11). A bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch on the rocks would have sounded more refined and eminent. So much for a guy who cynically harps about preserving standards! Nishant Singh Lautoka

Report finding

Nishant Singh’s letter on when the Government was going to “deprecate” the TI’s corruption report as “flawed” (FT 19/11) made me wonder what the rare letterwriter, Tarun Tikaram, thinks of the report finding there was a perception there was corruption in Government and business in post coup Fiji. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Dog pound

Stray dogs can be a threat to us since they are most likely to carry diseases and also they can attack if they feel threatened or disturbed. Maybe it’s time the authorities built proper dog pounds around the country, if possible? KELEPI DAKUIYACO Waikalou, Navua

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