Free health checks with Smartlab Fiji at Fiji International
Last Wednesday, Ministers for Industry, Tourism and Trade, Youth and Sports, and Health and Medical Services showed their support for the health initiative and partnership of SmartLab Fiji and Fiji International on 14th September 2016.
During the upcoming Fiji International golf tournament, Fiji International is teaming with SmartLab Fiji for the first time to offer free health checkups for bystanders and golfing participants in Natadola.
Former Health Minister, Hon. Jone Usamate mentioned the importance of sports for the nation. He also cautioned, “Although Fiji is world renowned for being leaders in rugby, which is a good thing, we are also world known for leading NCD’s, which still needs improvement.”
Mr Usamate stressed the critical role of regular health checks and knowing your health status.
Collaboration to continue between FNU and MOHMS
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Mr Philip Davies, addressed organisers and members of the FNU Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium (PIHRS) on 14th September at Holiday Inn, Suva. This was Mr Davies’ first address in Fiji, and he was enthused by the diverse symposium.
“It is encouraging to see the balance of topics,” remarked Mr Davies to FNU’s researchers. “Local researchers are in a unique space to explore not only relevant health issues, but the contributing environmental and social factors,” he said.
Chief Guest, Professor Nii-K Plange, mentioned the two-day symposium an opportunity for robust health research to improve health care service and delivery, and improve university curriculum.
The Permanent Secretary highlighted the importance of accurate and timely research to strengthen knowledgeable policy-making and is looking forward to the partnership of the Health Ministry with colleges and institutions of medicine and science.
Mr Davies commended researchers and further encouraged them to publish their work.
Nurses discuss “Primary Health Care Nursing toward NCD Prevention” in Japan
Earlier this month, ten nurses from the Central Division attended a two-week training in Tokyo and Shiga Japan, facilitated by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).
MoHMS nurses, health officials and JICA representatives met to debrief on the recent initiative “Primary Health Care Nursing towards NCD prevention”, where attendees shared their experiences and learnings with colleagues.
The training covered areas including evidence-based practice for NCD prevention and control at primary health care level; operational capacity strengthening at primary level; monitoring and evaluation capacity strengthening at divisional and sub-divisional level.
The nurses hope to share good practices and lessons learned from the training with health teams around the country, and also with other pacific island countries.
Divisional Health Sister Penina Vuniyasi said the team also learned a lot about nutrition, including serving sizes. “When we first arrived in Japan, we Fijians were taking one of every type of food. But the kitchen staff told us only to take one! Then we realized we should focus on the quality, not the quantity of the food”, she explained.