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