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.
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.
OPEN HEART SURGERY WITH SAHYARDI
Sahyardi Specialty Pacific Hospital Limited is back in Fiji to continue their joint venture with Fiji in a Public Private Partnership. Once nearly every three months a small but committed team of doctors, nurses, and consultants travel to Fiji from India to provide specialized care at CWM.
Although Sahyardi Hospital is mostly performing open heart surgeries, they are also equipped to perform high-end neuro and spine surgeries, and joint replacement surgeries. During this trip, the team will carry out between 2-3 operations a day.
Physicians from Sahyardi were also in Fiji during Tropical Cyclone Winston.
“One thing I can say, the Fijian people have a lot of heart,” proclaimed Dr Chandrashekar Kulkarni, “The Cyclone came over the weekend, and on Tuesday we were back at work seeing our patients, thanks to the incredible staff at CWM.”
Complete treatment for patients is delivered until patients are discharged. The team from Sahyardi Specialty Pacific Hospital Ltd is intended to be in Fiji through 25th June.