Free Medicine Program

PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH & MEDICAL SERVICES STAFF

NATIONAL REGISTRATION
THE GOVERNMENT OF FIJI FREE MEDICINE PROGRAM

One of the FijiFirst Government’s top priorities is to provide price controlled medicines free of charge to all Fijians who earn less than $20,000 a year. Accordingly, the 2015 Budget announced by the Attorney General and Minister for Finance allocated $8.0 million for the Free Medicine Program (‘Initiative’).

Who is eligible?

Individuals who can benefit from this program are:

• Individuals with an annual income of less than $20,000

Fijians who intend to be part of this Free Medicine Initiative are required to have a Tax Identification Number (‘TIN’) which will be the primary form of screening income eligibility.

Who does not have to register?

Individuals who already have a TIN number, Social Welfare number or Health ID are not required to register as they would already be included in the program.

Current social welfare recipients of Poverty Benefit Scheme, Child Protection Allowance, Social Pension and Bus Fare subsidy do not need to obtain a TIN but can use their existing welfare ID Cards for this purpose.

How the program works

As of 1 January 2015, all eligible Fijians will be able to access price controlled medicines that has been prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner (Government Hospital and Private Hospital) free of charge from any Government Pharmacy and/or selected private pharmacies.

All eligible Fijians can provide such prescriptions to any Government Pharmacy and/ or selected private pharmacies and upon presentation of valid ID will be able to access the selected medicines free of charge.

How to register

For this reason, Registration Forms will be available in the following areas, at all Divisional Hospital, Sub Divisional Hospital and main Health Centres.

All eligible Fijians intending to register for this Initiative are to bring the following documentation to the areas mentioned above:

• Original or Certified Copy of Birth Certificate (Full Extract);
• Marriage Certificate if you are using or wish to use your married name;
• FNPF Member ID or any other form of valid photo identification such as the Electronic Voter Registration (EVR)card, Driving License or Passport.
• In the absence of a photo ID, eligible Fijians may submit a passport size photo certified by a Justice of Peace, Provincial Administrator, Commissioner for Oaths, Advisory/Provincial Councilors, Mata ni Tikina and Civil Servants above Principal level.

For further clarification please contact the Chief Pharmacist for the medicines supplies avosanibola@govnet.gov.fj and MHMS IT Office for registration activities rajneshwar.prasad01@health.gov.fj

Click here to get the list of Private Pharmacies New

Click here to download the list of Free Medicines New

Click here to download National Registration Requirements

Click here to download the Free Medicine Registration Form

Click here to download Manual Dispensing Form

Click here to download Free Medicine Requisition Form

Free Medicine Program SOP

Dengue Fever Campaign – National Planning

Venue: CWMH Grounds
Date: 15th November, 2014

Distinguished Guests
Members of the Media
Staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services
Ladies and Gentlemen

Greetings and a very good morning to you all.

Today is a very important day because we are here to renew our commitment towards preventing further outbreaks of dengue fever:

– dengue fever is a potentially serious viral infection mainly characterized by high fever and severe body aches
– it is transmitted when a person is bitten by a mosquito (which may be carrying the virus)
– this type of mosquito (aedes aegypti or albopictus) is common in our compounds, homes, parks, neighborhoods, bushes and near surroundings

Still fresh in our memories, Fiji most recently had a big dengue outbreak which started in November 2013.

– just over 28,000 people were positively diagnosed with dengue virus by end of the outbreak this year.
– unfortunately, we had a few deaths (14) because of the seriousness of dengue fever.
– dengue is endemic to Fiji which means that we would normally have people getting infected throughout the year (mostly during the rainy season) and we know that we are now into our rainy season….from November to April.

– significantly, the dengue outbreak Fiji just experienced was caused by the dengue type 3 virus which had not been reported in Fiji for over 20 years.
– this meant that a large section of Fiji’s population did not have immunity (body’s resistance) against this dengue type 3 virus since past exposure is necessary to stimulate protective immunity.
– this dengue type 3 virus had also been causing recent outbreaks in some Pacific Island countries over the past 2 years.

So how do we ensure that Fiji is safe from dengue fever and other infections spread by the bite of the mosquito?

It is this very purpose that we are here this morning to launch this national clean-up campaign against mosquitoes:

– the mosquitoes that spread the dengue virus mainly bites during the peak times at dawn (early morning around sunrise) and dusk (immediately after the sun sets).
– these mosquitoes commonly breed in urban areas, around households and most worrying and of concern – this is where most of our population lives.
– artificial containers, like cans, drums and tires, that are allowed to collect water are favoured breeding sites for these mosquitoes.
– the most effective way to prevent dengue fever is to get rid of all mosquito breeding sites….anything that holds water!
– early preparation through regular clean-up and removal of potential breeding sites around and within urban areas is essential in preventing future dengue outbreaks.

What are our main messages for everyone in Fiji this morning?

1. Search and Destroy all potential water-collecting structures within and around your compound – things like tires, drums, tins, bottles, pot-plants – anything that could collect water for the mosquitoes to breed.

2. Be Responsible – do not litter or throw away such water-collecting structures anyhow. Dispose all waste containers properly for the garbage truck collectors.

3. Be Active – join the national campaign by cleaning up your compound. Join others if your neighborhood needs cleaning up!

To everyone listening to this launch program or watching right here at the launch site – you may be wondering why we are launching this clean-up campaign in the CWM Hospital grounds?

Why not in the suburbs – in our densely populated Nasinu or Raiwaqa or in our informal settlements?
Well, for very good reasons:

1. For the recent dengue fever outbreak in Fiji, the Central Division recorded the highest number of patients tested positive for the dengue virus…..and hence most of these patients were cared for here in CWM Hospital

2. Hence, it is a reminder that if we do not follow-up on our campaign messages this morning about cleaning our compounds and neighborhoods of all mosquito-breeding containers…..we could end up here in CWM Hospital with dengue fever!

3. As I speak this morning, our doctors and nurses and other health staff are caring for our loved ones recovering there in the wards of the CWM Hospital. You and I would not want these nasty mosquitoes to be biting them whilst they are recovering from another illness that put them in the wards in the first place!

No! May that never happen! Let us get those nasty mosquitoes!

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in organizing this national launch in our campaign against mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus.

My sincere gratitude to staffs of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services for this proactive stance in raising awareness about the importance of prevention and fighting against the elements that spread dengue to humans.

In other locations around main centres of our beloved Fiji, there will be similar initiatives simultaneously implemented in this campaign against dengue. We need everyone’s support in this effort – it is our business!

I now have the privilege/honour of declaring and launching this national campaign against mosquitoes and also against dengue.

May I also invite other guests and supporters present here this morning to join me and the staff of CWM Hospital and the Health Ministry in a walk around the hospital premises in collecting any containers that could hold water for mosquitoes to breed.

Vinaka vakalevu and may I wish everyone a successful clean-up campaign.

UNAIDS IBBSS and Size Estimation of Sex Workers in Fiji Report

UNAIDS IBBSS and Size Estimation of Sex Workers in Fiji Report

The UNAIDS Pacific Office in partnership with Fiji’s Ministry of Health submitted a request for proposals to external researchers to conduct a population size estimate and IBBS among sex workers in Fiji. The proposal from the research team in New Zealand was accepted and forms the basis for the research presented in this report. The overall aim of this research was to address knowledge gaps around HIV and STI prevalence and understand levels of safer sex knowledge and behaviour among sex workers, a group identified as high risk.1 To achieve these research goals, an estimation of the size of the population of sex workers in Fiji was carried out together with an Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBS).
This research was an extension of an initial research proposal developed by the Survival Advocacy Network (SAN Fiji),2 a network of past and present sex workers in Fiji. SAN Fiji thus became core members of the research team, participating in the development of an appropriate research methodology and the successful collection and interpretation of research data.