Editors Comment

Editorial comment: When our young are impacted

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong made an important point yesterday. We agree the death of a 10-day-old baby and two children aged eight and 13 who were tested positive for COVID-19 is a...

27th January

Editorial comment: Diabetes reality

Jone Nuku Marau is a former police officer. At 57 years old, there is one thing he regrets. He lost his parents and three siblings to non-communicable diseases. So now, with his legs amputated after being diagnosed with diabetes, he lives with his regret. With a career that spanned 20 years, he now realises how...

26th January

Editorial comment: Creating awareness

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services in its COVID-19 situation update on Monday, January 24, announced the deaths of a four-month-old infant and a 15-year-old child. Both, it stated, had underlying health conditions. They were sad reminders that, “as cases increase to very high numbers in the community, our most vulnerable are at higher...

25th January

Editorial comment – Fighting NCDs

The revelation that Fiji recorded 5700 deaths in 2020 that were due to complications related to non-communicable diseases is shocking. In fact it is scary! The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has also stated that Pacific Island Countries suffered some of the highest rates of NCDs, like hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, in the...

24th January

Editorial comment: Reality on the ground

So a non-governmental organisation in the country that assists in educating needy children is concerned that the recent flooding by the effects of TC Cody, combined with the effects of COVID-19 has laid back students in their studies. Priya Lata, the national coordinator for the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC...

23rd January

Editorial comment: Switched on

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong has made it clear that anyone who is in the high-risk group and develops any COVID-19 symptoms is strongly advised to get tested. He said 16 deaths were recorded from the period December 28, 2021, to January 20, 2022, with 12 deaths reported in the Northern Division, two...

22nd January

Editorial: Learning from Saturday’s eruption

The revelation by New Zealand volcanologist Professor Shane Cronin is interesting. Prof Cronin believes that while data indicates no signs of further underwater eruptions in the past few days, he says the potential for further eruptions are real. The current thinking, he pointed out, suggested two main scenarios were possible. First, the magma present during...

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