Editor-in-Chief’s Update: Briefing for March 23

Update from Fiji Times: Briefing on March 23

The Fiji Times has recently released a set of key updates from its Editor-in-Chief’s desk. These updates, dated March 23, encompass a variety of news points relating to Fiji’s population, healthcare facilities, and traveler standards.

Fiji’s COVID-19 Vaccination Progress

The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services has diligently worked towards safeguarding public health amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Up to date, they have achieved an impressive milestone of over 416,000 citizens having received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This progress translates to more than 56% of the target population in Fiji. Of these individuals, over 145,000 are now fully vaccinated, equating to about 20% of the target population.

New Rehabilitation Center and ICU Facilities

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced that the government is investing in the healthcare sector by planning the construction of the biggest rehabilitation center in the Suva-Nausori corridor. The center will be located at St Giles Hospital. The PM also noted that the intensive care unit (ICU) facilities around the country would be modernized, with plans to install newer and technologically advanced equipment.

Modifications in Entry Requirements for Travelers to Fiji

Fiji’s border control has made changes to the entry requirements for travelers, as announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong. The new guidelines state that those entering Fiji will have to take an RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure, and another rapid antigen test upon arrival in Fiji. Visitors will also have to take a third test on the fourth day of quarantine if they’re not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Program for Seniors: A Regulated Exercise Plan

In other updates, the National Senior Citizens Centre has launched a tailored exercise program for seniors. The program, aptly titled “Boxing for Parkinson”, is a non-contact exercise aiming to improve the health status of senior citizens and aid in their mobility. The initiative was launched by the Minister for Women, Children, and Welfare, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Fiji’s Attorney- General on GCC Bill

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, highlighted that the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) Bill, currently being reviewed, is not designed to demean or diminish the role of traditional leaders. Instead, it was introduced to diffuse political tension and brings about unity. He noted that discussions on the Bill are ongoing and the Government is open to incorporating feedback from the community.

Source: https://www.fijitimes.com.fj/from-the-editor-in-chiefs-desk-your-march-23-briefing-2/

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