Assistant Health Minister opens regional meet
Hon. Assistant Health Minister Mrs Veena Bhatnagar addressing the pacific delegates at Novotel Hotel in Nadi
The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar opened the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network Meeting at Tanoa hotel last week.
Delegates from the developing partners in the Pacific got together to discuss issues and problems common to all countries of the Pacific region, and to devise strategies in combating infectious diseases affecting us.
The three major themes were Preparedness, Capacity Building, and Performance Indicators in regard to monitoring and evaluation of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) functions and services discussed at the meeting.
Although many Pacific countries including Fiji have made considerable strides in controlling many infectious diseases, the emergence of new diseases as a result of climate change and other factors remains.
Health of Fijian people depends on the strength of public health
Actg. Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr Mecuisela Tuiakau with the senior Staff of the Ministry
Officially opening the Public Health Manager’s meeting last week, the acting Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau declared that the health of Fijians depends on the strength of public health.
The theme for this meeting was raising the bar and building seamless connections. Public health must continue to promote wellness and well-being. It is critical that the public health sector works together with clinical health workers and other key stakeholders to raise the bar in both health care settings.
In order to build seamless connections, the Health Ministry is striving towards greater cooperation with public and private communities including clinicians, city planners, education officials, communities, and for-profit organizations; everyone who has an impact towards health.