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World Cancer Declaration signed

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate together with the Fiji Cancer and WOWS Kids today signed the World Cancer Declaration (WCD), with the goal of reducing preventable mortality rates amongst cancer patients.

Fiji has already made several commitments to reducing the burden of cancer, such as the World Health Assembly resolutions WHA58.22 (Cancer prevention and control), WPR/RC62.R2 (Expanding and Intensifying Non communicable Disease Prevention and Control), and adopting a global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025.

As cancer is the third leading cause of death in Fiji, a reduction in mortality will contribute largely to these commitments. Additionally, reductions in morbidity that can be achieved by comprehensive treatment (requiring radiotherapy and palliative care/rehabilitation services), and reducing stigma surrounding cancer (leading to earlier detection) will have a positive effect on productivity.

“Fiji’s approach in fulfilling the targets of the WCD will be documented in clear strategies for reducing mortality and morbidity in the National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP; in draft) and the country action plan we already have with the UICC to improve clinical systems, services and training,” Minister Usamate said.

“Signing the WCD is a further way to indicate to the UICC, as well as our other international partners and the public that Fiji remains committed to reducing the burden of cancer.”

The Ministry of Health & Medical Services remains fully committed to effectively reduce the burden of cancer after officially becoming a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2015.Untitled4



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Safe and adequate water with sufficient sanitation and good hygiene should be provided to avoid the risk of disease outbreaks.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate while opening the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster coordination training in Suva today.

The health ministry was the lead agency for the WASH program in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.  The Fijian Government activated the cluster system to assist the overall response effort and to improve the coordination of the response activities.

“WASH is part of the 10 functional clusters under the National Disaster Management Structure. The five day training will enable a more efficient and clear evidence based strategies to build healthy resilient communities and bring about actions in our response and coordination in times of disasters and even between disasters,” Minister Usamate said.

He added that in any emergency, communities need to access safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.

“Effective and timely intervention can reduce the spread of disease and your work as a cluster contributes in a big way to building our communities to have safe access and practices towards water and sanitation.”

The Minister urged participants to take stock of what was not done and address responses recorded in the evaluation of the last disaster.

Health Minister opens Nurses symposium

Health Minister opens Nurses symposium


While opening the 2nd National Nurses Scientific Symposium, the Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate appealed to nurses to enhance health service delivery for the benefit of all Fijians.

Mr Usamate said that nurses are on the frontline of the health workforce and ultimately they are the face of the Ministry, a noble responsibility which carries an obligation to deliver high quality service.

“You play a huge role in the provision of health care services and your attitudes, your knowledge, your expertise, your care and compassion, all impact the type of health service we have”, Mr Usamate said.

“That is why this symposium is important, because it provides knowledge, and the sharing of experiences and networking that can enhance the quality of nursing and thereby health in general”, he further added.

Mr Usamate also reminded the nurses to be advocates of behaviour change; something that every Fijian can do to better look after their own health.

“Nurses are agents of change. You should not only talk about it, but at the same time foster the wellness within you. Then you can not only tell people, but show them the way by demonstrating behaviour change”, he said.

The chief Nurse of New Zealand Dr Jane Ellen echoed similar sentiments with the honourable Minister.

“You can make the difference if you are refreshed, organized and well equipped to serve the people”, said Dr Ellen.

More than 160 nurses from around the country are attending the two day symposium at the pearl resort in Pacific Harbour which concludes on Friday.