Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Margaret Turaga with husband Kameli Sauduadua at Narere Stage 1 in Nasinu on Monday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Family food pack
The report about the family that has been forced to live on one food pack for a month is shocking. (FT 8/6) I for one know about families in the West where there are more than 25 people in the house.

People have moved in together to save on rent, but hygiene and privacy are compromised. It’s just too crowded.

As for the people in Narere who can’t go fishing to supplement their food supplies, are the food packs good enough?

Could the FF MPs do me a favour and live on one pack for a month or so?
ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka

Vaccination program
The vaccination program at United Apparel in Nadawa attracted a huge crowd. People lined up from Balgovind Rd heading towards the garment outlet to get vaccinated.

Hearing news about the rise in COVID-19 cases drives fear within, but at the same time I’m shocked with the attitude and behaviour of our citizens towards the virus.

Overcrowding, traffic congestion, and breaking of social gathering rules and curfew have become the order of the day.

It seems that we have gone soft despite the rising cases. It’s important that people are vaccinated so that we can fight the pandemic.

Let’s do it together Fiji!

Inspirational Lockington
Through this forum, I wish to thank Allen Lockington for inspiring me to write letters to the editor.

He is a very powerful and articulate writer who does not mince his words when it comes to matters of national importance.

Reading his letters, one would note that it is full of substance and reasoning. At times it is thought provoking and he means what he says.

Sir, thank you for being an inspiration to many individuals like me.

COVID-19 fight
When I had just found employment as an intern after graduating from the University of the South Pacific, COVID-19 struck again with the second wave bringing unpleasant outcome.

Now that I’m on a part-time basis at another workplace working for two days a week to make ends meet and paying back my scholarship grant, it is a burden indeed not only on me but also on other recipient colleagues and university graduates who are struggling to find employment.

The nation is fighting a battle so as families, businesses, individuals and if we are to overcome the virus, then we need to focus and work together not on the past, but on the solution.

Come what may, I trust that our leaders will find a way to restore hope that was not lost, but obstructed by the current pandemic. Vinaka and God bless us all.

Rest in peace mum
P= Possibilities
R= Reliability
A= Affectionate
T= Thoughtful
I= Inviting
B= Buddylike
H= Heartwarming
A= Adorable
It’s been six years since you left But your absence is still felt Amidst us no more But memories remain to the fore You are the only one To replace you there is none!
PRAMEETA Namadi Heights, Suva

Olympic Games
Amidst the virus hitting our beloved Viti hard, the only positive vibes is the coming Olympic Games in 10 weeks and the only way we can get the smiles back is a good resilient mana magic performance for the people of Viti the way the world should see.

My pick on the Golden 14 and the road to Tokyo for gold:

Forwards: 1) Taniela Sadrugu; 2) Rusiate Nasove; 3) Alusio Naduva – hooker; 4) Meli Derenalagi; 5) Asaeli Tuivaka; and 6) Joshua Vakurunabuli.

Backs: 1) Jerry Tuwai; 2) Napolioni Bolaca; 3) Kitione Taliga; 4) Aminiasi Tuimaba; 5) Filimoni Botitu; 6) Semi Radradra; 7) Josua Tuisova; and 8) Waisea Nacuqu. Go Viti go. Joka Viti the road to gold starts now.
SHALWYN PRASAD Mukta Ben Rd, Nabua, Suva

Some things haven’t changed
I felt good about the world yesterday so decided to get a coffee and cake for my friend and I.

I entered an empty city café and ordered a small and a medium coffee and two small pieces of blueberry slice.

When the bill came to over $25 I asked the barista to leave off the cake; I felt it was excessive. Instead I decided to drop by The Hot Bread Kitchen (HBK) where I bought two sausage rolls, two coconut scrolls, one chicken pie, one steaming hot roti parcel and a long loaf for under $10.

Later when I took the lid off my small coffee I found it was 2/3 full. I had asked for half strength, not low tide.

It’s reassuring to know that some things haven’t changed. On top of that, the customer service from the HBK is always exceptional.

I hope you read this, Dr Mere Samisoni.

YOUR SAY: COVID-19 pandemic

Don’t give up
Please don’t give up this viral war we all need you right now, like never before if you decide to put up your hands up and surrender there is one thing you should always remember that we are really all in this together surely against this virus, we must try to gain total immunity so muster up the courage to fight and defend because this is the only way to save our homeland this is being penned for you out there do not ever think that we do not care yes! we most certainly and assuredly do we all have your back and supporting you so do not ever give up this noble fight fight back, because we must do so to survive and make ourselves immune against this coronavirus that’s trying to infect each and everyone around us.

This virus may have gained a second wind to become more virulent but we have the ammunition to really neutralise it so do not give up yet be strong and alert and we’ll become resilient.
EDWARD BLAKELOCK Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

Adapting to the new reality
The second wave of the COVID-19 reality has really hit us hard. We never imagined this, as almost one year of our successful community containment was setting us up in navigating ways to open up borders.

But then came the second wave of the more virulent strand of the virus which pushed aside our months of hard work.

It was another situation of picking up the pieces and recalibrating ourselves as this time around the impact of the virus was much more far reaching and catastrophic.

As authorities have reminded us to be hyper vigilant and super careful when it comes to handling the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, the lackadaisical attitude of some our people has seen cases rising exponentially and pushing us closer to the brink of disaster.

Certainly, disaster of many sorts. Some individuals’ actions are a blight on the good work done by our health care professionals and frontline workers.

Perhaps, with the current sharp rise in cases it has come with a stark reminder that it may be late but not too late in adopting to the new reality, if only we are in the serious business of bringing the virus under control.
PRANIL RAM Votualevu, Nadi

Call for help
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday I received calls and messages from unknown citizens desperately asking for help. One wrote – “sir are you supplying the rations. Sir it’s been more than a month I’m out of job.

I really need help this is my number 7……” On Friday, browsing through Barter for Better pages on Facebook I came across some mothers asking for groceries and family necessities in exchange for their pots, shoes, household items etc.

What concerns me more and I believe is driving the nation into a worrying state when these mothers are going to the extreme extent to put up for barter their children’s clothes, shoes, milk bottles and breast milk pump. We cannot be living with only an eye open leaders.

Please get off that high horse for the struggle is real. With careful thoughts on moving around because of the risks associated we’ve managed to continue to assist using M-PAiSA, thank you Vodafone.

Since the Government is busy with debating, I believe good Samaritans and non government organisations will continue to be the beacon of hope for our fellow struggling Fijians.


Grog, alcohol
I believe it’s high time for a moratorium on grog and alcohol, until new cases cease.
BIMAL PRASAD Newtown Rd, Wailoaloa, Nadi

Because of the rising number of those with the virus, the authorities should lockdown Viti Levu by towns and just run shops within the local lockdown areas.

Editor’s column
Over the years of contributing to the Editor’s column I have learnt to only talk about issues.

Anyway, there have been times when those “gang” in a certain “house” forget issues, and rip into people. And like my grog mates usually say: “Sad eh?”
ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka

All is well
We are been reassured that everything is well under control and all will be good but sadly it appears that things are spiraling out of control.

The virus ironically got a boost in an attempt to give the economy a little boost. I wonder what is the next biggest number of positive cases to be recorded in 24 hours. Indeed, God bless us all!

Coup culture
If I was ever asked one wish to make, I’d wish that I was born before the events of 1987.

I want to experience what Fiji was like before the coup culture unfolded.

Isa noqu Viti lomani!

$50 only
Is that the least the Government can give out? $50 per person?

All that aid coming in which is huge, only that much can be divided among everyone?

Who is doing the accounting for that? How about doing a survey to see who needs what?

Opening borders
A relief for many as the number of infected increases. Hopefully the cane crushing season does not increase infection in the West.
DAN URAI Lautoka

COVID-19 data
If the daily COVID-19 updates by the Ministry of Health can be graphed from when the lockdown began, then viewing data would be a lot more meaningful.

Untrained doctors
Earlier this year, we were told that ‘Fiji has reached its full capacity for qualified and trained doctors’. I say the same is true for Fiji’s capacity for unqualified and untrained doctors.

There never seems to be a shortage of such on hand to challenge and say they know better than a qualified and trained doctor who talks about the benefits of the COVID- 19 vaccine.
SAMUELA SAVU Farm Rd, Nakasi

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