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Health workers face ‘dangerous neglect’, warn WHO, ILO

Health teams worldwide need much safer working conditions to combat the “dangerous neglect” they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health and labour agencies said on Monday. Approximately 115,500 health workers died from COVID-19 in the first 18 months of the pandemic, linked to a “systemic lack of safeguards”, they noted. In a joint call for action from the...

While the Pacific has been focused on COVID, TB rates have continued to climb

While all eyes are on the COVID-19 crisis, one of the world's deadliest diseases continues to haunt the Pacific. Tuberculosis, or TB, is a highly-contagious airborne bacterial infection that attacks the lungs. It killed 1.5 million people last year - more than any other infectious disease except for COVID-19 and has been called a ‘silent’ or ‘hidden’ epidemic. Dr Hemant Bogati...

Fiji Election plan ready: Supervisor of Elections

The Fijian Elections Office has completed its operational plan for the Writ period, laying out how the entire process will be run. The plan covers a 50-day period from the day that the Writ of Election is issued by the President, to when the Writ is returned with all the election results. Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said the plan will...

Indonesian govt must fulfill UN request to investigate Papua

Coordinator of the Papuan Observatory for Human Rights (POHR) Thomas Syufi said Indonesia’s apathy towards human rights, economic, socio-cultural, environmental, educational, and health issues in Papua had made the international community increasingly suspicious of the Indonesian government over the deteriorating human rights situation in Papua and West Papua provinces. “The United Nation Human Rights Council has repeatedly asked the Indonesian...

Two COVID deaths in Fiji, 26 new cases recorded

Fiji's Ministry of Health has recorded two more COVID-19 deaths and 26 new cases. Since the last update, Fiji has recorded 26 new cases of which 11 new cases were recorded last Saturday, 19 February, three new cases were recorded on Sunday, 20 February 20 and 12 new cases Monday. Of the 26 cases recorded, 13 cases were in the Central...

Half of Tonga’s tourism businesses ‘won’t return’ after tsunami, lockdown

Tongan business experts say up to 50 per cent of the country’s tourism and hospitality sector might not return after the recent volcano eruption, tsunami and Covid-19 lockdown. At least 35 tourism and hospitality businesses were either partially or totally destroyed by the tsunami and eruption on 15 January, according to Tourism Tonga. This included a number of businesses in the...

Reliance reconnecting Tonga end of cable, for Tuesday countdown to launch

The Tongatapu end of the Tonga Cable was being spliced this afternoon, and service is expected to come online by late Tuesday, 38 days after a large section was blown to bits by a volcanic eruption on 15 January. “We need another 24 hours to connect the Tonga end,” James Panuve, CEO of Tonga Cable Ltd said. The cable ship Reliance...

FAO and WFP join forces to boost children’s right to food in schools

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a project to improve the diet of school-aged children, with support from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). In many countries, school meals represent a significant portion of children's daily diets, and it is vital that these directly contribute...

Moana Pasifika v Chiefs Round 2 DHL Super Rugby Pacific match postponed

Moana Pasifika’s Round 2 DHL Super Rugby Pacific match against the Gallagher Chiefs has been postponed due to player welfare concerns New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced. The first cohort of Moana Pasifika players and staff emerged from their Queenstown hotel Monday after nearly 10 days of isolation following positive COVID-19 cases in the group. The DHL Super Rugby Pacific Medical...

Fijian Drua make history as first all Pacific Super Rugby team

The Fijian Drua made history by becoming the first all Pacific team to take part in the elite Super Rugby Pacific competition last weekend. Despite losing 40-10 to the New South Wales Waratahs, the Drua’s appearance in Paramatta was decades in the making. Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s News Editor Indra Singh said it was a dream come true for a Fijian team...

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