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Fiji Military Commander calls on soldiers to follow protocol
02:03 am GMT+12, 30/04/2021, Fiji

Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) Commander is calling on soldiers carrying out duties as front liners to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol set out by the Ministry of Health.
 
RFMF Commander Viliame Naupoto in his address said it is critical that soldiers in the frontline follow the measures in place in order to safeguard everyone’s wellbeing.
 
“The whole reason why we are doing this is that we want to save lives. That’s the bottom line. We have to do the containment, do our job properly because we want to save lives.
 
Naupoto reiterated the risk posed if soldiers do not abide by the restrictions, measures and protocols in place.
 
“If we do not do our job properly, if we break the rules, if we break the COVID protocol, we are putting lives in danger. We will see and review the way we do things to make sure we do things better. If we do our job well and follow the protocol, we will also keep our families safe.”
 
“Our job that is required of us, requires integrity. We need to be doing the right thing because it is simply the right thing to do. Not because somebody is watching, not because we fear that if we do not do what is right that we will be punished.  
 
“We do it out of integrity – because we know that it is the right thing to do.  That way when no one is watching, when you’re working in quarantine, when you’re in quarantine, when you’re doing screening or whatever that task that is given to you, you will simply do it correctly because you know that that is simply the right thing to do.
 
“And when you do that, we save lives – which is what we are all trying to do,” he said.
 
While commending the containment efforts carried out by soldiers at the frontline, the RFMF Commander also thanked the families of those manning quarantine facility for their continued support.
 
Meanwhile, the soldiers who were accused of breaching protocol have been stood down pending further investigation.
 
This comes after earlier this week the Health Ministry announced the soldiers had breached quarantine conditions and this led to some contracting COVID-19.
 
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong, says, this all part of their response.
 
“We have contained them, we have kept them where they are right now. There is one group of soldiers, who have been stood down but further action will have to happen after we finish our containment programme, said Dr Fong


SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS


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