No shortage of syringes and needles

No shortage of syringes and needles

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises the public that there is currently no shortage of needles and syringes at Makoi or any other health centres in Suva.

There are sufficient syringes and needles for nurses to provide injections of vaccine and antibiotics.

Diabetic patients treated with insulin are trained to use syringes and needles for this purpose.

Pharmacists dispense insulin free of charge to patients based on a prescription by the doctor but do not necessarily dispense syringes and needles.

Furthermore, needles and syringes are commonly used by trained Nursing staff to provide medication.

Children who are insulin dependent or young diabetic patients are provided with syringes and needles for their parents to administer medication until adulthood, after some training by doctors/nurses on their proper use and disposal.  Similarly at the Nuffield clinic, according to pharmacists and the medical officer in charge, there is no lack of dressings at the health centre.

Therefore the nurses do not need to ask the patients to bring their own dressings to the clinic although they may ask for the patient to return for further review and dressing as per their doctor’s prescribed order.

Patients often request for a plaster or dressing from the nurses to take home to do their own dressing, but their request may be refused largely because the wound should be reviewed at the health centre to ensure it is healing well.

MOHMS & JICA held the 1st Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting on the Project for Prevention and Control of NCDs

The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the first meeting of “Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC)” for “The Project for Prevention and Control of NCDs on 24 September, 2015 at the MOHMS Headquarters.



The aim of the JCC is to discuss the overall perspectives of the project activities during the project period.

The meeting was chaired by the Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr.  Meciusela Tuicakau and attended by core project members from the MOHMS and JICA, and various stakeholders who work in the sector for NCD prevention/control and Wellness, such as DFAT, WHO, FNU, SPC and C-POND.


This project is a five-year technical cooperation launched in May 2015, targeting  personnel engaged in NCD prevention and control at facilities under the MOHMS, such as divisional offices, sub-divisional offices,  health centres and nursing stations in the Central Division.

The project’s purpose is to strengthen evidence-based NCD prevention and control in the Central Division.

Healthy Settings training for Staff in the central Division.

Healthy Settings training for Staff in the central Division.

7D Training

Participants at the training with Trainer Peni Vailave for the World Health Organisation.

Nurses and health inspectors in the Central Division are being trained on the  7D’s for health settings.

This approach to organising health settings involves a 7-step development process: discovery, discussion, dream, direction, design, delivery and driving.

This is a systematic approach to community development which identifies the various issues pertaining to a setting.

The approach is people-focused and process-driven whereby people are involved in discussing, documenting and implementing solutions/action plans that are acceptable to their current and future living conditions.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is optimistic that through these trainings, the participants will be able to develop action-oriented plans to address risks in health settings.

Divisional NCD officers will use development processors to facilitate follow-ups on specific activities.

These trainings have been scheduled for all districts while staff from some districts have already completed the trainings.