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The Ministry of Health, Fiji, wishes to advise that open heart surgery (CABG) will be performed in CWM Hospital ,Suva. Details are as below:


  1. Screening of patients …………….. Free from 4.2.016 to 12.2.2016
  2. Angiogram from 4.2.2016 to 20.2.2016
  3. CABG from 14.2.2016 to 26.2.2016




Medical procedures are performed under Joint Venture agreement between the Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Sahyadri Speciality Pacific Hospitals Limited (SSPHL) Fiji, estimated cost are as follows:

Disease Treatment Non Insurance patients ( Fiji Residents) Insurance Patients

( Fiji Residents)

1) A. Cardiology    
·      CABG $20,000-$25,000 plus VAT $24,400-$30,500 plus VAT





We wish to advise that the Ministry is willing to accommodate referrals from all General Practitioners, Hospital, health centres and Insurance companies, etc.


For further enquiries please contact the following personnel during official hours from Monday to Thursday 8.00a.m to 4.30 p.m Friday from 8.00a.m to 4.00 p.m:

Health: Register or renewal required for wholesalers, retailers of tobacco products and suki vendors

Health: Register or renewal required for wholesalers, retailers of tobacco products and suki vendors

The registration of new tobacco retailers/suki vendors or renewal of current tobacco retailer/suki vendor registration certificates is currently effective from the 1st of December 2015 at the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit [TCEU] office at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and all Rural Local Authority/Health Offices.

All tobacco product retailers will be levied a registration fee on new or renewed applications as stipulated under Schedule 5 of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012.

Tobacco and suki vendors must make all efforts to visit the nearest health office in the central, western and northern division. The Tobacco Control Team will be present to do a mass registration and licensing campaign and the certificates will be issued on site.

Place Date
Western Division
Sigatoka Health Office 11/01/16
Nadi Health Office 12/01/16
Lautoka Health Office 13/01/16
Ba Health Office 14/01/16
Tavua Health Office 15/01/16
Rakiraki Health Office 18/01/16
Central Division
Korovou Health Office 19/01/16
Nausori Health Office 20/01/16
Navua Health Office 21/01/16
Suva – Level 3 Namosi House 22/01/16
Northern Division
Labasa Health Office 27/01/16
Nabuwalu Health Office 28/01/16
Savusavu Health Office 29/01/16


Failure to obtain a registration certificate to sell tobacco products or suki by the 31st of January 2016 is an offence and may incur a penalty of up to $5,000.00. Therefore, any retailer that sells tobacco products without a valid certificate on the 1st of February 2016 is committing an offence and will be subjected to court proceedings.

The Health Ministry once again reminds all tobacco products and suki vendors to register or renew and can contact the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (Central) Level 3, Namosi House, Amy Street, Toorak Suva on Ph: 3314988 for more information.

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Parents are now gearing up to send their children back to school and this requires advance preparation and planning. Here are some healthy lunch ideas that can be used.

Sandwiches – use brown bread, or one slice brown bread and one slice white bread; buns or rolls.

Fillings – eggs, tinned fish or meat, left-over cold meat such as chicken or beef; cheese, vegemite or peanut butter. Add grated or finely chopped vegetables such as lettuces, carrots, tomato, cucumber and avocado to make your fillings go further.

Use a thin spread of margarine or butter; use a little tomato sauce, mustard or relish.

Roti and Curry – the amount of roti and curry packed for children of different ages is also very important, apart from the types of curries. Any meat, fish or vegetable curry is good. However, potato, dalo, breadfruit and yam curries with roti will be too heavy in carbohydrate and too little in protein and vitamins. Therefore, it will be an unbalanced meal for a growing child.

Drinks – water, fresh fruit juices including green coconut juice (bu) are excellent choices. Do not encourage fizzy or soft drinks as they are high in sugar and can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. Processed fruit juices can also be very high in suagr.

Fresh fruit – always include fruit with the lunch. It is a good way to end lunch.