Local nurses get training in Japan.

Local nurses get training in Japan.

nursesA 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.