Emblematic Stories Launched by Assistant Health Minister

Emblematic Stories Launched by Assistant Health Minister  

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The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar launched UNDP’s project “Emblematic Stories”.

“Emblematic Stories” is a project from SCEFI (Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative), which over the last 3 years has promoted civic engagement, economic empowerment and natural resource management, women and youth empowerment, and the rights of the disabled and marginalized, through a series of small grants spread throughout the whole country.

Mrs Bhatnahagr expressed gratitude for the assistance the SCEFI program has provided to communities in need. “On behalf of the people of Fiji, I would like to thank UNDP and the European Union for such a constructive program. This kind of grassroots initiative is essential for improving civic engagement and empowering every Fijian. The project also supports efforts towrads mental health and wellbeing”, she said.

Mrs Bhatnagar pointed to the success of the Vuda Teen Mums Project, coordinated by Viseisei Sai Health Centre. None of the grant recipients from the project were able to attend the launch, as they had all successfully gained full-time employment.

“It’s wonderful to see the success of the Teen Mums project, and witness what a difference it has made in empowering lives and creating livelihoods”, Mrs Bhatnagar added.

Representatives for the grantees include Lionel from Youth Champs for Mental Health, Salochna from the Naari Shakti Women’s club, and Ana Maria from the Pacific Center for Peacebuilding, who shared stories of how the grants helped empower their communities.

US Navy donates equipment to strengthen mosquito survelliance

US Navy donates equipment to strengthen mosquito survelliance

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The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has received 10 microscopes and surveillance equipment from the US Navy to assist health staff prevent emerging preventable diseases

This equipment will be used to monitor the density and distribution of mosquitoes in the divisions and subsequently facilitate control interventions against vector-borne diseases.

Mosquito-borne diseases place a burden on health facilities, health supplies and the workforce as well as having an adverse impact on Fiji’s economy, tourism and community stability.

Mr Usamate acknowledged the US Navy for this timely donation and said that this will enable the health authorities to work more efficiently in identifying cases of mosquito-borne diseases.

“We are extremely blessed with the donations and with the technical experts who had been mentoring our team and Vector Surveillance and Control capacity development program”.

Mr Usamate added that prevailing trends suggests that cases of dengue are likely to rise, therefore urgent action is needed now for its prevention and control.

Health Minister opens medical conference

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The Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate officially opened the 58th Fiji Medical Association conference last week, as medical officers from around the country gathered together to discuss concerns raised on disaster management and patient care.

At the height of disasters, the Health Ministry works behind the scenes to provide essential quality health care, and it was an opportune time to meet and discuss with the medical professionals how to address such situations before the next cyclone season begins.

Mr Usamate reminded the doctors on their roles as strong and effective leaders to implement strategic developments in the delivery of healthcare services.

“Strong leadership is vital for any development and I urge you to uphold the vision and the values of the ministry and be a role model to your subordinates, and continue to serve the people who look to you for medical assistance”, Mr Usamate said.

Approximately 150 doctors from around the country attended the conference and deliberated on improving and strengthening the medical services mainly focused on disasters.

Health Minister opens medical conference

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate officially opened the 58th Fiji Medical Association conference last week, as medical officers from around the country gathered together to discuss concerns raised on disaster management and patient care.

At the height of disasters, the Health Ministry works behind the scenes to provide essential quality health care, and it was an opportune time to meet and discuss with the medical professionals how to address such situations before the next cyclone season begins.

Mr Usamate reminded the doctors on their roles as strong and effective leaders to implement strategic developments in the delivery of healthcare services.

“Strong leadership is vital for any development and I urge you to uphold the vision and the values of the ministry and be a role model to your subordinates, and continue to serve the people who look to you for medical assistance”, Mr Usamate said.

Approximately 150 doctors from around the country attended the conference and deliberated on improving and strengthening the medical services mainly focused on disasters.