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Front liners at wharf highlight importance of PPE for their work

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/04/2020

The Prime Minister praised the extra effort of the workers at the Queen Salote Wharf in ensuring they don full personal protective equipment when offloading cargo from foreign cargo ships at the wharf.

During a special visit to the wharf on Saturday, Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said these workers at the wharf are front liners in the fight against COVID-19 as they are the ones who are tasked with offloading the ship’s cargo which has been advised to be risk for transmission of the coronavirus, albeit a low risk.

The Prime Minister highlighted that the wharf is one of only 2 entry points into the country and it was absolutely important for staff at these two points to follow all procedures in place to protect the country from the coronavirus.

The Prime Minister during his visit was able to observe how staff at the wharf handled the unloading of cargo in a proper hygienic manner and urged public to practice the same.

Meanwhile, CEO of the Marine and Ports Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure – Kelela Tonga says, they have been carrying out strict procedures at the wharf to ensure their workers are fully protected from the virus and they will apply the same procedures when there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in Tonga.

The Ministry of Customs along with health officials are working closely to ensure these measures are carried out at the borders.

Accompanying the Prime Minister during his visit was the Minister for Internal Affairs – Hon. Vatau Hui also the Minister for Infrastructure – Akosita Lavulavu.

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