Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference commended as timely

Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference commended as timely

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The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar has commended the Fiji Pharmaceutical Society at its Annual Conference for convening at a time where there is a need for improvements in service delivery.

“The demand for pharmaceutical supplies continues to accelerate and the role of pharmacists and their associated cadres continue to expand therefore the team will need to deliberate and develop new strategies to enable professionals to meet the growing demands of improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of pharmaceutical products”, said Mrs Bhatnagar.

This annual conference was held at the Fijian Resort in Sigatoka over the weekend with the theme “Sharing knowledge – improving care”.

Mrs Bhatnagar added that the Health Ministry has made significant plans in its 5 year National Strategic Plan 2016-2020 that encompass the general improvement of the Ministry’s performance in the area of service delivery, inclusive of the pharmacy and bio medical sector.

The plan has ensured proper alignment to government priorities for the health sector and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which has set some significant targets for the pharmaceutical sector.

“The Health Ministry in its 5 year National Strategic Plan, sets the strategic approach on Medicinal Products which brings on the strong emphasis on high quality medicinal products being rationally used and readily available to all residents”, Mrs Bhatnagar added.




KAILA: Pacific Voice for Action on Agenda 2030

KAILA: Pacific Voice for Action on Agenda 2030


Pacific Island Ministers gathered in Nadi last week to deliberate on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) before upcoming COP21 climate change talks in Paris.

The impact of climate change on health systems has been taken on as a challenge for Ministers from Pacific Island Countries and they have issued a Kaila for strengthening climate resilience.

It has been recognized that the real and potential impacts of climate variability on health systems is an immediate challenge in the Pacific. Kaila is a collective voice of Pacific Island Countries to ensure that the Pacific Voice is heard in global conversations.

Following consultations with technical experts and stakeholders, the Pacific Island Ministers have called for action on:

  • The imperative of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a priority of national health plans and programmes in the context of climate change.
  • Robust gender analysis, concrete steps for gender mainstreaming and evidence-based monitoring of RMNCAH.
  • Strengthening participation of women, children and adolescents in the formulation and implementation of the RMNCAH components of National and Regional Adaptation Plans.
  • Strengthening strategic focus on RMNCAH as an instrument for enhancing the contribution of women, children and adolescents to effective climate change adaptation.


The Pacific Island Ministers have also committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help secure the future for Pacific Island people, planet, peace and prosperity.

The meeting outcome also saw the importance of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health (2016-2030) that reflects a new consensus on the need to better prioritize reproductive, maternal, newborn, children and adolescent health in humanitarian or fragile settings such as natural hazards, extreme climatic conditions or disease outbreak that impact Pacific Island Countries.

The 3 day meeting was hosted by the Fiji Ministry for Health and Medical Services, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


Second Color Explosion to support Wellness Activities.


The Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate launched the Color Explosion Fiji 2016 “Rang De Viti” meaning “Let’s Color Fiji” program at the Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka last week.

This event, now in its second year, is ideally developed to encourage people to engage in physical activities and enjoy a healthy life, moving away from the deadly effects andt burdens of NCDs.

The actual Rand De VGiti will be held on the 30th of January in Lautoka and it is anticipated that there will be an influx of participants compared to last year.

Participants at the program will walk 5.7 km wearing a white t-shirt and as they pass a colour pit stop, they will be showered with color powder, finishing in a rainbow of hues.

The organising president of the color explosion Dr Ram Raju said that the committee intends to raise fund through the program which will eventually be directed to the wellness outreach program, and has welcomed the support of people around Fiji. “We want to create and capture an opportunity for the people of Fiji to visit Lautoka as often people in Lautoka move to other areas such Nadi or Suva to attend events”, said Mr Raju.

Minister Usamate applauded the initiative of the Color Explosion and has welcomed their continued partnership with the Health Ministry for future projects.