From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your January 23 briefing

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Here are some headlines that made The Sunday Times edition for January 23.

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HUMAN rights activist Shamima Ali says it is disgraceful that ordinary Fijians with heart conditions have to contend with critical equipment at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital that is not working.

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– GOVERNMENT services such as seeking medical care at private clinics are not being taken advantage of by Fijians, says Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
– ANYONE who is in the high-risk group and develops any COVID-19 symptoms is strongly advised to get tested, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

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– ACTING Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum have urged Fijians to rely on facts and not on misinformation spread by certain individuals.
– FIJI Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator and Human Rights activist Shamima Ali says Fijians are left behind when it comes to accessing quality health care.

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-OUTPATIENT data from 2013 to 2018 recorded 176,000 patients treated for diabetes in Fiji, says Diabetes Fiji Inc project manager Viliame Qio.
-A CANE grower in Nadi, Mr Velaidan Gounder has welcomed the increase in the new prices of sugar only if it led to the cut down of sugar consumption by Fijians.
-The Fijian Elections Office launched its pre-election voter survey for the 2022 General Election on Friday.
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said the survey was a first of its kind to be done before a General Election in Fiji.

-FIJI Council of Social Services director Vani Catanasiga says the manner which some people responded to the tsunami waves generated by an underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga last Saturday indicates there needs to be more awareness.
-FORTY students in Tavua and Ba who lost stationary during the recent floods associated with Tropical Cyclone Cody will receive $50 worth vouchers to help them prepare for school.
-THE French Government says it is ready to meet the Tongan people’s most pressing needs through the FRANZ mechanism for the regional coordination of humanitarian assistance in the event of natural disasters in the Pacific Island nations.

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