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The lockdown food assistance program was run by the Ministry of Economy and was govt funded – Dr Fong

The lockdown food assistance program was run by the Ministry of Economy and was govt funded – Dr Fong

By Shanil Singh
Monday 03/05/2021
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says the food assistance provided in the Suva-Nausori lockdown zone over the weekend was run by the Ministry of Economy and was government-funded.

Dr Fong says they only assisted in the program.

He says the exact details of the deliveries that were made as well as plans for any future distribution will be provided by the Ministry of Economy tomorrow.

Dr Fong also says the ministry did not have enough time to prepare for a lockdown and they will need to have a discussion with other ministries to be better prepared if the need for another lockdown arises.

The Permanent Secretary says if they had enough time, they would have recruited a broader group of people including the NGOs to work with them.

He adds they have learnt some lessons after this.

Dr Fong has one again stressed that they ran this program for those in the lockdown area because people could not access supermarkets or shops and adds the assistance is no longer in place.

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