Si­garara vis­its Rabi Is­land FOR THE fiRST TIME TO DIS­TRIB­UTE seeds, raise health aware­ness

Fiji Sun - - NORTH NEWS - SHRATIKA NAIDU Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj Edited by Jonathan Bryce

The peo­ple of Rabi Is­land and the Rabi Is­land Coun­cil are thank­ful to have had the As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime Devel­op­ment and Disas­ter Man­age­ment visit them for the first time.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter Jale Si­garara vis­ited the is­land on Wed­nes­day. Rabi Is­land Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tor Karia Christo­pher said there were more than 3000 peo­ple on the is­land and they were happy to see high pow­ered del­e­gates vis­it­ing them dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic.

He said the visi­ta­tion from Gov­ern­ment showed they cared about those on the outer is­lands in Cakau­drove Prov­ince.

“As­sis­tant Min­is­ter Si­garara gave us 100 bags of seedlings which will be dis­trib­uted to vil­lages and set­tle­ments and Rabi Is­land High School,” Mr Christo­pher said.

“This is a timely as­sis­tance where peo­ple can ded­i­cate their time in farm­ing and pro­vide for their fam­ily in fu­ture as we don’t know for how long this pan­demic will go on.” Mr Si­garara also vis­ited the only health cen­tre on the is­land as well as the Rabi Is­land Coun­cil.

Mr Si­garara com­mended the ef­fort car­ried out by the coun­cil in mak­ing sure ev­ery­one was safe dur­ing this pan­demic.

“I had ta­lanoa ses­sions with the peo­ple and raised aware­ness on COVID-19 and pro­vided them the re­cent up­date on the re­cov­ery of pa­tients in Fiji,” Mr Si­garara said. “I also ad­vised them to con­duct a clean-up cam­paign be­cause we have cases of Lep­tospiro­sis, Typhoid, Dengue and Di­ar­rhoea (LTDD) in the North.”

He added peo­ple have re­quested for im­prove­ments to road con­di­tions. Mr Christo­pher is the for­mer Labasa Mill man­ager of Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime Devel­op­ment and Disas­terMan­age­ment Jale Si­garara (left) talk­ing to moth­ers wait­ing in line at Rabi Health Cen­tre, Rabi Is­land on May 6, 2020.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime Devel­op­ment and Disas­terMan­age­ment Jale Si­garara (right back) stand­ing be­side Rabi Is­land Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tor Karia Christo­pher in­side a court­room with staff dur­ing his visit to Rabi Is­land on May 6, 2020.

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