Vision: A Healthy population in Fiji that is driven by a caring health care delivery system. Mission: To provide a high quality health care delivery services by a caring and committed workforce working with strategic partners through good governance, appropriate technology and appropriate risk management facilitating a focus on patient safety and best health status for the citizens of Fiji.

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Cyclone Dengue

Approximately 40% of the world is at risk of Dengue (≈2.5 billion people). There are 50 – 100 million cases of Dengue every year. Almost 500 000 require hospitalization and 25 000 cases die annually.

Dengue fever has been reported in over 100 countries in Africa, the America’s, the Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, South East Asia and the Western Pacific regions.

Dengue fever outbreaks commonly occur in populated urban and residential areas of tropical nations. The disease is distributed along the distribution of the vector (agent that carries the disease). In this case, the vector is the mosquito (in particular the Aedes aegypti). The distribution remains 40˚North to 40˚South latitude.

Clinical Refresher on the Updated Dengue Management Guidelines

Infectious disease specialists from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (South Pacific) recently completed a training-of-trainer program with selected clinicians from the Government and the Private health sector on the updated WHO clinical management guidelines for dengue fever.

Increased human risk from communicable disease events (outbreaks) after disasters

Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and droughts occur globally every year because of adverse weather conditions or poor land use. Climate change, together with population growth and urbanization as well travel will increase the number of disasters and change the disease pattern and frequency of disease outbreaks. Most natural disasters result in major communicable disease outbreaks and deaths. These communicable diseases such as dengue fever, typhoid fever leptospirosis are endemic to Fiji while more recent threats occur from emerging communicable diseases such as Zica Virus (Cook Islands, French Polynesia), Chikungunya (New Caledonia, PNG). An understanding of environmental and host factors, transmission pattern and other characteristics of the infectious agent (virus, bacteria) is essential to the control and prevention of these diseases. However Fiji, an understanding of the risk behaviours is also critical to reduce the incidence and devastating mortality associated with these diseases.

Dengue Interventions by a small mosquito control unit

In essence, the prevention and control activity for dengue fever is centred on the control of the transmitting vector or agent i.e. the mosquito.  Past research in Fiji and various published report identified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as the most effective vector for dengue fever. The mosquito prefers to inhabit close to household and immediate vicinity of its food source (blood meal), as well as other settings (such as schools, hospitals and workplaces). Therefore, the dengue, fever Interventions are focused on eliminating or at least reducing the population of mosquitoes around areas where humans habitat.

POLHN Boosts Continuing Professional Development for Medical Professional

Health professional across Fiji have begun taking Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) seriously to establish Continuing Professional development.

POLHN was created in 2003 in partnership with Pacific Health Ministries and the World Health Organisation to ensure the availability of high quality training and education resources for health professionals, in order to improve health and health services in the region through online learning.

Unite to Fight Against the Threat of Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases are called lifestyle diseases. These diseases are generally chronic (long term) and last our lifetime. Meaning, that as long as we live, we will continue to suffer from these diseases.  We can only control the symptoms by taking regular medication and changing our lifestyles to a healthy one with regular physical activity and healthier diets.

Fluoridation

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element. It is found in rocks and soil everywhere, in fresh water and ocean water at various concentrations ranging from low to very high concentrations. In fact, water sources in and around Fiji have fluoride conten...

Fiji to regulate food standards and imports

“We will promote the use of standards to strengthen production of high quality local foods and agricultural products and to facilitate trade, develop and strengthen the existing research & development capacity to increase local food production and reduce reliance on imported food, develop & promote new healthy food products including snacks, strengthen the capacity and outreach of extension services to farmers and to promote sustainable intensified production of safe and nutritious food and agricultural products”

Marketing health is a big challenge

“The idea that we are pushing through is if we are to make a real impact then we have to market health like Coca Cola markets their product, like Chow markets their product.

“That’s the way to go for us.”

Urban planning essential for public health

The world is rapidly urbanizing with significant changes in our living standards, lifestyles, social behaviour and health. Thirty years ago, 4 out of every 10 people were living in cities, but by 2050 this number will grow to 7 out of 10.

Bible and Health

But it must be clarified that just because certain staff are sharing Bible verses with patients that it is the policy of the Ministry of Health, as has been the slant taken by certain media outlets.

For further information: Iliesa Tora – 8327941, 7390873, 3221436

National Micronutrient Supplementation program ready to roll

THE Ministry of Health, in partnership with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education will roll out the National Micronutrient Supplementation Program in primary schools around the country from next week.

Thinking Cancer

When we think cancer, we think of death and dying. Collectively we need to review the subject from a different perspective. One needs to understand the impact of cancer on individuals, communities, society and nation. The need to reduce the burden of cancer is truly wanting at all levels.

Healthcare Reform

Our health reform which took root in 2009 has its own issues which are being addressed according to our national needs without delay. With fewer than 3% of the GDP we have had universality of cover, unlike USA. Our cover needs to raise its standards several fold to be worthy of praise. The first steps have been undertaken.

Health looks at Mortuary Options

Mortuaries remain an integration component of healthcare delivery in Fiji. The services have remained a free of charge item with unlimited timeline to duration. But Health spokesman Iliesa Tora said the Ministry of Health is looking at some options as it works on tackling the mortuary issue.

Boil Water, Wash Hands to stop Disease Spread

The Ministry of Health is once again reminding members of the public to adhere to health advise given out to stop the spread of water-borne diseases.

WHO donates equipment

The initiation of computerization of services at these identified centers is a positive step towards upgrading Pharmaceutical service provision, mostly servicing of outpatient prescriptions and inpatient medication orders, at smaller hospitals and health centers.

Foundation to oversee Cath Lab

THE Fiji Heart Foundation will look after the operation of the Cath Lab at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and organize fundraising and programs that will ensure the sustainability of the lab in the country.

Clean up to prevent dengue

MEMBERS of the communities have been asked to help clean up their own compounds and surroundings as the Ministry of Health targets mosquito breeding areas in a bid to prevent dengue fever.