Local testing for Mosquito viruses.
Plans are underway for testing Zika virus locally as medical laboratory staff undergo extensive training at the centre for Communicable Centre for Disease Control (CCDC) in Tamavua.
This was revealed to the Minister for Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate as he met the trainees during his visit to the centre at Mataika house.
Endemic to the Pacific, mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever remain a threat to Fiji, especially with the emergence of new diseases such as Chikungunya and Zika.
In order to improve the management of such diseases, three CCDC laboratory staff are currently undergoing extensive training in conducting PCR testing for the three most common mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika, under the guidance of a senior scientist from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Mr Usamate thanked Ms Debbie Phillips for providing the much-needed training to local staff which will enhance the capacity of the staff and reduce testing costs.
“On behalf of the Ministry I thank you for your efforts in training the staff and I am optimistic that we will be able to continue the work in a effective and efficient manner to assist our people”, he said.
Local nurses get training in Japan.
A team of ten nurses including clinical nurses, midwives and zone nurses left Fiji last week to undergo three weeks of training in Japan on the prevention and proper management of non-communicable diseases.
Through this program the nurses are expected to gain necessary skills, ideas and knowledge to provide more comprehensive treatment to patients, as well as train their colleagues for capacity building locally.
Speaking at the pre-departure orientation for the participants, Deputy Secretary Public Health of the Health Ministry Dr Eric Rafaai congratulated the nurses for being chosen for the program, at the same time reminding them of the opportunity to upskill their knowledge.
“I congratulate you all for being chosen to receive this training but let’s not forget the task ahead to effectively address the increasing cases on NCDs in the country” Dr Rafaai said.
“We have a NCD crisis in Fiji and I urge you to be focused in your mission as what you learn will be applied in the local context”, he added.
The Resident Rep for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr Hiroyuki Sawada highlighted that this initiative has been an ongoing since 2014, and 600 nurses have been trained under the program so far.
Dr Rafaai thanked JICA for facilitating the program which has benefitted the people of Fiji and enhanced human resource development.
People take advantage of Roadshow
The Ministry of Health & Medical Services in partnership with UNICEF embarked on the FBC road show along the Queens Highway concluding in Sigatoka.
Over the 2 day event a total of 646 people were screened. Apart from this, the Health Ministry was able to offer health advises, free health checks, hand washing demonstrations and Wellness giveaways.
The Health Ministry also visited schools and Handy the Octopus was utilized to emphasis on proper hand washing using soap and water.