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World Diabetes foundation President visits Fiji

World Diabetes Foundation president Mr Nielsen Bent with foot care nurse Neelam Naidu at the Wainibokasi Hospital.


The president of the World Diabetes Foundation Mr Nielsen Bent was impressed with the progress made on foot care services in Fiji as he visited the various health facilities in the Central Division while on his stopover in Fiji as he was en route to Tonga.

Mr Bent also met with the trained nurses on foot care who are based at the health facilities and assisting people who present themselves with diabetes issues.

The nurses have been very confidently addressing patient needs and described how they saved people from amputations through the proper foot care trainings they had gone through.

Mr Bent praised the work of the nurses as they presented their reports on the achievements and the benefits of the training they were engaged in.

‘I am really impressed and I thank you for your hard work. Now I am satisfied that the funding of the diabetes program is in full use and I will be able to inform the World Health Foundation on the progress made so far,’’ Mr Bent said.

World Blood Donor Day

The Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau and the regional Rep from WHO Dr Liu Youngao with other stakeholders at the World Blood Donor Day Celebrations at Rishikul High School.



World Blood Donor Day is commemorated on the 14th of June every year. The theme for this year was “Blood connects us all”.

The Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Dr Meciusela Tuicakau said that blood donors save lives every day and that continuous awareness of the need for regular donations.

“This will ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need”.

Dr Tuicakau also thanked those who had been part of blood drives as in 2015 there was a total of 13,570 blood donors.

The Health Ministry acknowledges the continuous support received from the World Health Organization and the Embassy of Japan.

Waimaro Nursing station

Minister For Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate with the village women at the opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station.


The people of Waimaro can once again enjoy adequate medical services following the opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station’s new transitional building in Ra.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate jointly opened the new transitional building together with the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey.

As part of the Australian Government’s support to assist Fiji recover from TC Winston, the Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP) engaged Habitat for Humanity to construct two specifically designed transitional health clinics and one staff quarters.

“These robust shelters are designed to withstand Category 4 cyclones and will provide health workers with temporary and secure facilities until longer term reconstruction solutions are achieved,” Minister Usamate said.

The Waimaro nursing station looks after a population of 2129 which includes 8 villages and 18 settlements.

Minister Usamate said the health ministry is grateful to the Australian Government and FHSSP who have played a key role in restoring the affected health facilities.

“Following TC Winston, the health ministry and the Fijian Government immediately worked towards rebuilding infrastructure, homes and lives and I applaud the efforts put in by everyone to establish this transitional infrastructure,” Minister Usamate said.

This initial support by the Australian Government is part of a longer term plan to provide ongoing assistance to Fiji’s health sector in repairing and reconstructing health facilities damaged by TC Winston. The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to restore health facilities.

The Communities of Kese in the Yasawas and Nasau in Koro organized similar events simultaneously last week to celebrate the opening of transitional facilities in support of health services. All three transitional facilities are now operational.