Masks and sanitisers for the vulnerable

European Union ambassador for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam hands over the box of reusable masks and hand sanitisers to FRIEND Fiji director Sashi Kiran. Picture: FRIEND Fiji

Access to masks and hand sanitisers may still be a challenge for the most vulnerable communities, says European Union ambassador for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam.

He said this while handing over 2000 reusable masks and 375 litres of hand sanitisers to the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) Fiji and a Nadi-based primary school.

While officiating at the handover, he explained that although more than 90 per cent of eligible Fijians were fully vaccinated, wearing masks and regularly cleaning hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser and keeping distance and avoiding crowds proved effective in suppressing the transmission of this deadly virus and saving lives.

“The European Union is proud to provide these reusable masks and hand sanitisers for the most vulnerable communities in the Western Division,” he said.

“I am happy that we were able to source the masks locally from Zuber Fiji and hand sanitiser from Fiji Chemicals and work with civil society partners in the distribution of the masks and hand sanitiser, funded by the European Union.”

FRIEND Fiji director Sashi Kiran said they recently received numerous requests for masks and sanitisers from schools with the resumption of studies and they continued to provide masks and sanitisers to various vulnerable communities on request throughout the pandemic.

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