Tuisawau calls for enquiry into handling of pandemic

Ro Filipe Tuisawau. Picture: FILE

The reality of COVID-19 in Fiji is that major hospitals are full, the conditions of temporary field hospitals need to improve, test results are misplaced, telephones are not answered, front liners are getting sick and tired, mortuaries are full, reports of bodies misplaced or missing, and deaths are left unattended at hospitals for hours.

This, according to Opposition MP Filipe Tuisawau.

He told Parliament the Opposition maintained that Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum failed to carry out a comparative analysis with countries such as India, the United States, and others.

“Because the result will surely show that the spread of the virus in Fiji is now uncontrollable and our infection rate per capita has exceeded India’s infection rate, at the height of their recent second wave of the pandemic,” he said.

He said the question was how do we hold leaders accountable for leadership negligence which has resulted in this situation.

“We on this side of the House will hold a commission of enquiry in the government’s management of COVID-19 as was done in Australia and the United Kingdom.

“There was a lack of contingency planning when COVID appeared and lapses of judgment in our border protocols.”

Mr Tuisawau said this must be thoroughly analysed and lessons learned taken up for better management in the future and for the sake of our people who died and have suffered from COVID-19.

“We continue to thank all frontliners from the Ministry of Health, the disciplined forces, civil societies, NGOs and volunteers for the dedicated and selfless service despite the challenges.”

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