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Assistant Health Minister opens regional meet



Hon. Assistant Health Minister Mrs Veena Bhatnagar addressing the pacific delegates at Novotel Hotel in Nadi

The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar opened the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network Meeting at Tanoa hotel last week.

Delegates from the developing partners in the Pacific got together to discuss issues and problems common to all countries of the Pacific region, and to devise strategies in combating infectious diseases affecting us.

The three major themes were Preparedness, Capacity Building, and Performance Indicators in regard to monitoring and evaluation of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) functions and services discussed at the meeting.

Although many Pacific countries including Fiji have made considerable strides in controlling many infectious diseases, the emergence of new diseases as a result of climate change and other factors remains.