Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Assalamo-alaikum and Noa’ia e mau’ri.
On behalf of the Executives and the Secretariat of the Fiji Medical Association, I would like to wish you all a happy new year! 2021 has been one of the most challenging years in our lives collectively and moving forwards into 2022 the situation will not get any easier. Our beloved Nation thanks you, the healthcare heroes for going above and beyond your calling in 2021 and more of the same may be required in 2022. As we all reflect on the year that has been, we must conserve and reboot our energy and enthusiasm levels to tackle the third wave of COVID. We will once again need you to stand up and lead our nation through another challenging period. We pray to the Almighty to give you the physical, mental, and spiritual toughness to answer your calling and continue to champion the health of our nation.
Not all was bleak in 2021. Despite the economic challenges, no civil servant, including Doctors had to be laid off for economic reasons or have our salaries reduced. This was and is indeed a blessing and a recognition to the contribution all have made towards our beloved Nation. We also got to celebrate our second Olympic Gold medal courtesy of our Men’s 7s team and to add icing to the cake, our Fijiana 7s brought back a bronze! The lockdowns and restrictions allowed many to bond as a family and strengthen that sacred relationship we have with our loved ones. We learnt the importance of having backyard gardens and we learnt to cut down on wastages. Working from home became the new norm and it is amazing how much we can achieve working smarter from home. Let us take these invaluable lessons into 2022 and once again be model citizens championing good health behavior.
Vinaka vakalevu, Khuda Hafiz, Daniyabaad and Fa’eksia.
Dr Basharat Munshi
Fiji Medical Association