Ministry concerned that residents in informal settlements are not following COVID-19 safety protocols

Ministry concerned that residents in informal settlements are not following COVID-19 safety protocols

By Vijay Narayan
Wednesday 28/04/2021
Minister for Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar

Minister for Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar says the ministry is concerned that the residents in some informal settlements are not following COVID-19 safety protocols, and are socialising with their neighbours over grog or just a talanoa session.

Kumar says it has been brought to their attention that children are moving freely from one house to another in groups in the settlements.

She says staying home means staying in your own home and not moving from one home to another.

Kumar says if infected, the virus can also move from one house to another.

Given the extremely high number of informal settlements located in between these containment areas and the large number of Fijians residing in these settlements, the Ministry is concerned that in these settlements, the risk of spreading the COVID 19 virus would be high unless proper safety measures are followed.

Kumar says residents in informal settlements need to understand the seriousness and gravity of the situation currently faced due to the virus in the country.

She says these settlements can become hotspots for the spread of the virus and the ministry is encouraging people to observe all COVID-19 safety measures.

These include practicing two metres social distancing, wearing of face masks, washing of hands with soap and water regularly, usage of hand sanitizers and most importantly staying home.

Kumar says the ministry also wants not only the residents of these settlements but also the general public to download the careFIJI app which is vital in tracking any local transmission of the virus.

Meanwhile, the ministry has temporarily stopped “in person counter services” during the lockdown period.

The public can contact the ministry for its services on 3309918 or log on to to access their online services.

Five Squares Gray Inn

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Public Consultation on Draft Media Bill
The new media legislation proposed by the coalition government is aiming to preserve the elements of media ownership regulation and registration ...
3 days ago

Proposed Tian Lun project at Nasese
Concerned residents are wondering why there was no publicity about such a huge project that will affect the environment along Queen Elizabeth ...
34 days ago

Leader of Opposition Voreqe Bainimarama suspended from parliament for 3 years
Leader of the Opposition, Voreqe Bainimarama has been suspended from Parliament for 3 years
37 days ago
We know very well who drafted Lal’s speech, it is someone who is outside – AG
Attorney General, Siromi Turaga has rubbished FijiFirst MP Virendra Lal’s accusations in parliament after Lal said the AG breached parliamentary pro...
22 minutes ago
Municipal Councils delay in submitting draft statements to the Auditor General’s Office is the cause of backlog - Immanuel
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Esrom Immanuel says municipal councils are not complying with the national standards of ...
2 hours ago

PM speaks to Sugar Minister on Walesi outburst
Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka and Attorney General, Siromi Turaga met with Minister for Sugar, Charan Jeath Singh in relation to Singh’s comments ...
3 hours ago

They have created a huge mess in the municipal councils – Prof.Prasad
For 8 years the FijiFirst government was reviewing the Local Government Act because they did not want the municipal council elections as they were ...
4 hours ago

We don’t see an acute shortage in the labour force in Fiji - IMF
The International Monetary Fund says they do not see an acute shortage in the labour force in Fiji at this time but emigration from Fiji is reducing ...
5 hours ago

Drunk man sitting in the middle of the road dies after being run over by a taxi
A 24-year-old carpenter has passed away in a road accident near Lakeba Street along Princes Road in Suva. The man from Nadonumai in Lami was ...
5 hours ago