September 27, 2020

Nurses discuss “Primary Health Care Nursing toward NCD Prevention” in Japan

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Nurses discuss “Primary Health Care Nursing toward NCD Prevention” in Japan

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Earlier this month, ten nurses from the Central Division attended a two-week training in Tokyo and Shiga Japan, facilitated by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

MoHMS nurses, health officials and JICA representatives met to debrief on the recent initiative “Primary Health Care Nursing towards NCD prevention”, where attendees shared their experiences and learnings with colleagues.

The training covered areas including evidence-based practice for NCD prevention and control at primary health care level; operational capacity strengthening at primary level; monitoring and evaluation capacity strengthening at divisional and sub-divisional level.

The nurses hope to share good practices and lessons learned from the training with health teams around the country, and also with other pacific island countries.

Divisional Health Sister Penina Vuniyasi said the team also learned a lot about nutrition, including serving sizes. “When we first arrived in Japan, we Fijians were taking one of every type of food. But the kitchen staff told us only to take one! Then we realized we should focus on the quality, not the quantity of the food”, she explained.