Tuesday 7th July, 2020
Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Assalamo-alaikum and Noa’ia e mau’ri. We offer our sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Health team as well as all the stakeholders which includes you in successfully containing the first wave of COVID-19. It is important to note that there was no community transmission of COVID-19 during this period. Fiji, as a nation has responded to this pandemic much better than most developed nations such as the various European countries and the United States of America. We are grateful that our people have the capacity to listen to and adhere to sound scientific advice and put in practice basic hygiene and social distancing measures. One only needs to look at the countless examples of so called citizens of developed nations who are ignorant or choose to remain so which then perpetuates spread of the disease. We as a people are now aware of the dire consequences of this disease and our new normal is a heightened sense of awareness and our ability to revert to more stringent social distancing measures as required. It is inevitable that there will be more cases as our people are repatriated back to Fiji so we must be able to flow with this fluid situation. I have full confidence in the adaptability of our people who are without a doubt one of the most resilient and adaptable in the world.
I am pleased to inform you that we will be proceeding with our Mini-Conferences at the aforementioned dates:
Suva – 25/07/2020
Lautoka – 22/08/2020
Labasa – 26/09/2020
Please note that we are not out of the woods yet and there will be a restriction of 100 participants for these mini-conferences and social distancing measures and practices will be maintained during the conference. We do encourage that you attend as the scientific content of the conferences will be of benefit and you will be given CME points for attending. It is also an opportunity for us as to get together, share our experiences and de-stress and such a long time in relative isolation. As you are all aware, our mental health does get challenged and tested during times of heightened awareness and by mingling with colleagues, these conferences will double up as group therapy for us. So I encourage you all to try and book you spot early as we will be restricted to only 100 participants in total and the registration will be on a “first come, first served” basis. We are hopeful that even though our main conference has been postponed to next year, these mini-conferences will give you ample opportunity to gain some valuable CME points.
Vinaka vakalevu, Khuda Hafiz, Daniyabaad and Fa’eksia
Dr Basharat Munshi
Fiji Medical Association