Training Attachment for Doctors in the Republic of Korea

Hon Jone Usamate with the Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation senior officials after their meeting at the Fijian Embassy Office in Seoul.
Hon Jone Usamate with the Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation senior officials after their meeting at the Fijian Embassy Office in Seoul.

The Minister of Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate rounded off a successful tour to India with discussions for a fully funded program training program for our doctors in the Republic of Korea.

The Hon Minister met with the senior officials of the Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation at the Fijian Embassy Office in Seoul with the Fiji delegates returning home via Korea after their 11 days tour of India from the 28th of February to the 10th of March.

Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation is a charity organization in South Korea founded by Mr. Yujin Kreves who has helped many children in Asian countries with heart diseases to live a quality life.

The Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation have proposed to the Minister; a fully sponsored trip for two to three Fijians doctors to be trained in medical institutions in the area of heart disease prevention, heart disease diagnosis and heart surgery.

Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation has also offered a proposal for a medical camp in Fiji and surgery intervention in South Korea for Fijian children who have congenital heart diseases.

Hon. Usamate responded that the generous offer from Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation has brought rays of sun to the Fijian medical fraternity by increasing their skills and knowledge on heart diseases and especially to our children who are suffering from congenital heart diseases.

He said he will see to it that this proposal with the Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation will come to fruition when he returns home.

Minister for Health meets his counterpart in India

Honorable Minister of Health of Fiji – Mr. Jone Usamate with Union Minister for Health of India – Shri. Jagat Prakash Nadda
Honorable Minister of Health of Fiji – Mr. Jone Usamate with Union Minister for Health of India – Shri. Jagat Prakash Nadda

The Minister of Health and Medical Services, Honorable Mr Jone Usamate, met his Indian Government counterpart, Honorable Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda – Minister of Health and Family Welfare in Delhi this week to lead discussions in health sector as a follow-up on the bi-lateral matters discussed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Fiji in November last year.

The Hon. Minister Nadda, with his high-ranking officials of the Ministry, warmly welcomed Minster Usamate and the High Commissioner and stated that his Ministry was keen to support Fiji on the priority areas of need in medical care.

Minister Usamate in his opening comments expressed his appreciation to the Minister and the Government of India for the support India had provided to Fiji over the years. He further said that Fiji and India had a historical 135-year relation and looked forward to seek assistance from India’s world-class medical expertise. He provided an overview on the extension work done to the infrastructure at the CWM Hospital where additional operating theaters were built. He further explained that the extension and new technologies enabled various types of heart surgeries associated with cardiovascular diseases and other complex surgeries accomplish in Fiji. Minister Usamate also thanked the Indian Government for assistance given by the Government of India in the past, such as ambulances, boilers, and medical equipment.

He further said that the meeting was an important one as both ministers needed to renew the objectives of the Memorandum of Agreement that was signed between the two countries. He further said that Fiji would be hosting the Second Joint Working Group Meeting in the first half of the year with India’s Ministry of Health and family Welfare.

The landmark meeting between the two Ministers had many important agendas discussed including establishing an institutional collaboration with India’s Premium medical Institution – All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). The delegates from Fiji included, the High Commissioner of Fiji to India, Mr Yogesh Karan, Chief Pharmacist, Mr Apolosi Vosanibola, First Secretary Mr. Sakeasi Waikere, and the Second Secretary Mr. Om Prakash.

Moreover, Hon. Usamate briefed Minister Nadda on Fiji’s keen interest in Traditional Medicine and the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) stating that he will be initiating discussions from his Ministry through Fiji’s Mission in New Delhi. Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan, said that Fiji’s request for a quota-system every year where Fijian students could study medicine in top Indian medical universities on self-funding basis was also discussed at the meeting. He added that Hon. Usamate requested to the Government of India if Fiji could be given an allocation for 3-5 seats initially for undergraduate and specialized medical studies at postgraduate level. Karan further stated that follow-up discussion would be held with Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health in India in the forthcoming weeks.

The Hon. Minister Nadda expressed his Ministry’s willingness to assist Fiji and assured Hon Usamate that his ministry would hold discussions with Ministry of External Affairs on Fiji’s requests once his office receives detailed proposal from Suva.

Minister Usamate later met with the Drugs Controller General of India, Dr G.N. Singh to established collaboration on drug pharmacopeia standards being used in India and other technical support that Fiji could benefit from the world largest supplier of the finished generic medicine products.

L-R: Minister for Health and Medical Services of Fiji Honorable Mr. Jone Usamate, Minister for Health and Family Welfare of Government of India Honorable Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda and Fiji’s High Commissioner to India Yogesh Karan at Nirman Bhawan Complex, New Delhi.



Free Medicine Pharmacy List

These are the private pharmacies where the “Free Medicine Program” recipients can visit.

No Name Location Division
1 Quest Pharmacy Ba Western
2 Quest Pharmacy Rakiraki Western
3 Quest Pharmacy Tavua Western
4 Health First Pharmacy Lodhia St, Nadi Western
5 Health First Pharmacy Clay St, Nadi Western
6 Amy Street Pharmacy Suva Central
7 Budget Pharmacy Nadi Western
8 Budget Pharmacy Namaka Western
9 Namaka Medisure Pharmacy Namaka Lane        Nadi Western
10 Laucala Bay Pharmacy Laucala Bay, Suva Central
11 Sure Care Pharmacy Navua Central
12 Chemistwala Nina St, Suva Central
13 Madison  Cumming St Suva Central
14 Good Health Care Ratu Sukuna Rd Central
15 Medrite Main St, Nadi Western
16 My Chemist Nasekula Rd Labasa Northern
17 Northern Drug RB Patel Bldg Northern
18 Tapoo City Chemist Tappoo City Suva Central
19 Hyper Chemist Lautoka Western
20 Hyper Chemist Sigatoka Western
21 Hyper Chemist Ba Western
22 Life Pharmacy Nausori Central
23 Life Pharmacy Nakasi Central
24 Island Pharmacy Ba Western
25 Island Pharmacy Main St, Nadi Western
26 Island Pharmacy Cumming St Suva Central
27 Mega Care Pharmacy Makoi Central
28 Mega Pharmacy Lautoka Lautoka Western
29 Rx All Pharmacy RB Centerpoint Central
30 Rite Health Pharmacy Namaka Nadi Western
31 New Life Pharmacy Martintar Nadi Western
32 Central MidCity Suva Central
33 Superdrug Thomson Plaza Suva Central
34 Superdrug Nabua Central
35 Superdrug Laucala Central
36 City Centre MHCC Complex Central
37 Rewa Nausori Central
38 Babasiga Labasa Northern
39 Bula MH Superfresh Central
40 Labasa Labasa Northern
41 Flagstaff Family Rewa St Central
42 Wyse Pharmacy Nakasi Central
43 Wyse Pharmacy Valelevu Central
44 AJ Swann Rodwell Rd Suva Central
45 Samabula Drug Store 77 Ratu Mara Rd Suva Central
46 Nausori Pharmacy Nausori Central
47 Pharmacy Plus Renwick Rd Central
48 Suva City Pharmacy Thomson St Central
49 Tavua Chemist Market St Western