Minister's Address

This page consists of Minister's Speech that were delivered during events.


All Speech

Fiji Society of Medical Imaging Technologists Council Annual Conference 2014

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  • May 9, 2014

Medical Imaging is an integral part of modern day healthcare delivery. 

This is more so in the Area of Maternal and Child Health in this day and age.

ADDRESS – 2ND PATHOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

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  • May 9, 2014

I am delighted to be with you. 

Especially amongst a Global team of Pathologists – par excellence and more importantly teachers of pathology.

As is your pathology, so is your MedicineWilliam Osler – (1800”s).

WORKSHOP ON DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH (DRM-H) IN THE PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES AND AREAS

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  • July 29, 2014

WORKSHOP ON DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH (DRM-H) IN THE PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES AND AREAS

Launch of the Nadi Lions Club

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  • August 25, 2014

In third world countries the situation is worse as the lack of infrastructure that is needed to give the much needed impetus for drastic and positive change towards health delivery is lacking.   In countries such as ours, nonprofit charitable organizations have had an encouraging track record in terms of targeting the root causes of health related problems – a strategy that often works.

Address at the Fiji Cancer Society website & rebranding launch

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  • March 25, 2014

Cancer, a non communicable disease has become a global epidemic affecting people of all ages. Unfortunately cancer cases in Fiji have steadily increased over the past several years. Cancer is the 3rd most common cause of death in Fiji. 

ADDRESS – OPENING OF COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER PROGRAM

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  • April 1, 2014

An individual’s “Life” potential is determined by multiple components.

Address at SMOKE FREE LAUNCH

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  • May 9, 2014
  • Healthy city is a global initiative that is currently been implemented by 1000 cities across the globe. It engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects.

 

ADDRESS – LAUNCH NATIONAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY STANDARDS BOOKLET

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  • May 9, 2014

The World Health Organizations Representative in the South Pacific (Mr. Mitesh Mudaliar)

The Honourable Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities (Capt. Timoci Lesi Natuva)

Representative, Water Authority of Fiji (Mr. Sher Singh)

Distinguished guests, members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium 2014

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  • August 28, 2014

The theme Broadening the Horizons in Health Research” aptly summarizes the progressive pathway for health research in Fiji and the Pacific.  It also encompasses the absolute need for evidenced practice, interventions, planning, financing and changes in policy. This also strongly advocates for the research evidence to be freely available, accessible and timely for initiating better health outcomes and evidenced decision making. Forums such as PIHRS ensure avenues for sharing critical health research information from the Pacific by the Pacific and I commend the organizers for providing such an avenue for the Pacific Islands.

Internal Medicine Inaugural Conference

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  • August 27, 2014

 The commonalities of the Pacific Island nations are many including challenges in human resources, equipment, the access to professional development and international recognition, the availability of health information for evidence based clinical decision making, policy and practice and the access to basic research and analytical skills to ensure continued improvements in practice. In addition, the compounding effects of prevalent disease conditions such as non-communicable diseases [Diabetes, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Stroke, Cancers] and sustained communicable diseases (both endemic and emerging) pose greater challenges in the face of human resource scarcity in the Pacific.

Health Minister's Address at USP cleanup launch and campaign

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  • March 25, 2014

By now you all must be aware of the gravity of dengue in our Country. We have recorded a total of 11,356 suspected cases and 13 reported dengue deaths. These figures are alarming and have triggered great concerns. 

Commissioning of Colonial War Memorial Hospital Projects

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  • March 25, 2014

Health Minister's address at the commissioning of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital Projects

Fiji Group 89 – Swearing in Ceremony Peace CORPS/FIJI

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  • November 2, 2012

Good evening to you all.  I bring you warm greetings from the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji.  I offer my sympathies and prayers to American Citizens on your East Coast who have suffered major distress with Hurricane “Sandy”. 

FMA Symposium - Fiji Health Symposium 2010

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  • September 8, 2010

The National Health Symposium is the first of its kind encompassing the conference of the Fiji Medical Association and also the Allied Health professionals. The theme of this years conference is “Non Communicable Diseases and Cancer” and this is an area of great concern to the Government of Fiji and where my Ministry has placed certain efforts which I will elaborate on.

World Health Day and Healthy Cities

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  • April 7, 2010

We are experiencing new health issues with better control of infections, post World War Two. Disinfectants, antibiotics and vaccines have given humanity greater potential of aging with grace.

International Womens Day

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  • March 8, 2010

We have gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day in Suva.  This event is celebrated in many countries around the world.  This day, we salute all women for their achievements irrespective of who they are.  On this occasion we review past progress of women’s development....

Bronwyn Carabez of Carabez Alliance

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  • February 23, 2010

Hearing Impairment remains an area of disability poorly recognised in the developing world and Fiji is no exception. It has catastrophic effects on the individual’s holistic development and quality of life.

Commissioning of the Wainibokasi Mortuary

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  • February 4, 2010

I am honored to officially air some opening remarks.  Today we commission a facility that has haunted us for the last several years, by our good community in Wainibokasi. It puts to rest this issue and we pursue other focus areas of healthcare reform.

JICA and JOCV in Fiji Health Sector

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  • January 20, 2010

I am honored to officially respond on behalf of the government of Fiji to the friendship initiative between our countries. Our relationship goes back many years and history has living memoirs of our collaboration in terms of health facilities, technical expertise, human capacity development, logistics and financial resources.

World AIDS Day

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  • December 1, 2009

Your participation today reflects your individual effort and concern on the spread of HIV in our country Fiji. Your participation today also reflects the concern of the highest office in the land towards the collective response of our country against the spread of HIV and also against the stigma and discrimination that handicaps our efforts to address the needs of those affected or living with HIV/AIDS.

Farewell of FSN to FNU

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  • November 30, 2009

Fiji School of Nursing has come a long way and has gained huge strides since formal nurse education began in the late 1800s.  It is truly heartening to see the emerging trends to improve nurse education in Fiji and the Region from Certificates in early years to the current Basic Diploma.....

Fiji Pharmaceutical Society, Natadola

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  • November 29, 2009

Effectively Continuing Professional Development will become essential to retain your professional status and annual licensing.  Your reaccredidation will be based on your professional organization providing quality ongoing CPD points from internationally recognized professional organization or loose your annual licensing and registration as a pharmacist.

Opening of Inaugral Suva based Civil Servants

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  • November 21, 2009

My fellow Ministers of various Ministries of Government, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments, civil servants, officials and organizers of today’s programme, and friends, I greet all you warm-heartedly this morning and officially welcome you into today’s sports festival.

160 Bicycles from Japan to Fiji

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  • November 19, 2009

The Government of Fiji’s goal for health is to provide quality, affordable and efficient health services for all the people of Fiji. There are two policy objectives to this goal and they are:

National NCD Training of Trainers

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  • November 11, 2009

The Government of Fiji and the MOH is committed to addressing NCD prevention and control in Fiji. There is continued efforts of improving the NCD services in this country through accessibility and quality improvements.

Post Grad Dip in Midwifery Inaugural

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  • November 2, 2009

The first New Zealand based curriculum commenced in 1964 and was a six-month program and ran till 1979.The Fiji program was incorporated in 1975 for locally trained nurses and continued to provide sterling midwifes into 2008.From 1980 the Lautoka Hospital campus started training of midwifes as additional demands were realised.

Fiji White Ribbon Safe Motherhood Initiative

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  • October 29, 2009

Death and suffering from pregnancy and childbirth complications are always potentially preventable. Our Ministry of Health data indicate that a significant proportion of the death and suffering from pregnancy and childbirth are related to:

National Health Accounts

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  • October 27, 2009

Health services have expanded over the recent decades in line with changes in disease patterns with predominance of lifestyle related diseases, population growth, technologic development and increasing expectation of the population. Additionally over the recent decades health expenditures have increased at a rate faster than the growth of the national economy nonetheless health has received a relatively steady share of the government budget.

National Breastfeeding and Immunisation Wk

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  • October 26, 2009

I am honoured to be here, joining other distinguished guests in celebrating the launch of our third National Breastfeeding and Immunisation Week 2009.  I take this opportunity to welcome Ms Judith Robinson, Ministerial Counsellor to AusAID, UN Representative Heads from WHO and UNICEF, Chief Rep JICA Fiji Office, CEO Save the Children Fiji and Government Reps to this very special occasion.

National Health Workshop

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  • October 21, 2009

It is hoped that this workshop will build greater capacity of our frontline personnel in hospitals and health centers towards preparedness and response to disasters and emergencies.

Fiji Food Summit 2009

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  • October 14, 2009

Food security, safety and quality become important issues for the individual, community, nationally and internationally.  Towards this effort the Ministry of Health with support and endorsement from World Health Organisation,  has developed this program.

Emergency Care Assistant Course

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  • October 13, 2009

The main objective of the National Ambulance Service is to provide timely pre-hospital medical care in order to reduce the number of deaths from accident and emergencies on our roads, in our work places and in our homes.

Visitation for Mahaffy Girls Home

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  • October 9, 2009

This includes you the children here at the Home.  I am here representing Government to ensure that you are part of the celebration.  It does not mean that though you are not involved at Albert Park or at the other centres of celebration that you are left out.  These celebrations are for you, our future leaders and this small gift indicates that we have not forgotten you.

World Food Day Celebrations

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  • October 7, 2009

Statistics from the 2004 National Nutrition Survey revealed that many people in Fiji do not meet their daily food needs. The poverty report of 2008 indicates that 50% of the population were living below the poverty line, meaning that a significant percentage of families in Fiji’s population do not consume or afford nutritious meals.

Pacific Eye Institute/CWM Hospital Eye Centre

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  • October 6, 2009

The people of Fiji are indeed grateful to the Fred Hollows Foundation (NZ) for giving the opportunity to Fiji to host the Pacific Eye Institute on this site which will also accommodate the CWM’s eye clinic and operating theatre.

New Diabetes Eye Care Clinic at Sukuna Ward

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  • October 6, 2009

In the West, 25% of normal people aged 30 years and over were found to have abnormal sugars reading at screening. Risk behaviour like smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and consumption of high calorie foods adds fuel to the fire.

Health Promoting Workplace

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  • October 3, 2009

The buzz words these days is; “lets walk the talk” and for FSM to take that first step collectively to turn your workplace to become health promoting is certainly commendable.  It will demand political will from your leaders and commitment by everyone to changing the mind sets and the norms in the FSM community in order for the members of your staff,

Gandhi Day Celebration

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  • October 2, 2009

Mahatma Gandhi was one of those very successful persons not only in his lifetime but also in the history of mankind. Have you asked yourself the morals behind the stories you may have heard about the person we fondly address as the Mahatma, Gandhi-ji, and Bapuji? His deeds influence on your life, communities, people, society, humanity, those of your ancestors, nationally in Fiji, internationally, on Democracy and Human Rights? Probably not! If not lets journey together on this unfathomed sea.

Children’s Heart Foundation

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  • October 1, 2009

The Ministry of Health and indeed Government, is always thankful for the continued support of the private sector.  While the future of our nation depends on many different things, th e health of our citizens is perhaps one of the most important contributors to ensuring a vibrant Fiji.  Ensuring our children grow up to realize their full potential as productive citizens requires  that they have access to good educational resources and most importantly, that their health is good.