NURSES REMINDED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR SERVICE TO FIJIANS
Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate reminded nurses of the value of their roles and services provided to the public.
This was highlighted during the Fiji College of Nursing 4th Annual General meeting in Suva today.
“Nurses are the backbone of the Ministry of Health & Medical Services and the Nursing Training Institutions including the stakeholders and donor agencies have contributed to the professional development of Fijian nurses,” Minister Usamate said.
“The Ministry is now rolling out the Civil Service Reform which the Fijian Government has placed as a priority on its agenda. It is an element of the modernization of our country. I trust that you will embrace the settings of change.”
Around 60 nurses from around the country attended the AGM and Minister Usamate is adamant that through this meetings nurses will be able to improve in their roles to serve all Fijians.
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate together with the Fiji Cancer and WOWS Kids today signed the World Cancer Declaration (WCD), with the goal of reducing preventable mortality rates amongst cancer patients.
Fiji has already made several commitments to reducing the burden of cancer, such as the World Health Assembly resolutions WHA58.22 (Cancer prevention and control), WPR/RC62.R2 (Expanding and Intensifying Non communicable Disease Prevention and Control), and adopting a global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025.
As cancer is the third leading cause of death in Fiji, a reduction in mortality will contribute largely to these commitments. Additionally, reductions in morbidity that can be achieved by comprehensive treatment (requiring radiotherapy and palliative care/rehabilitation services), and reducing stigma surrounding cancer (leading to earlier detection) will have a positive effect on productivity.
“Fiji’s approach in fulfilling the targets of the WCD will be documented in clear strategies for reducing mortality and morbidity in the National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP; in draft) and the country action plan we already have with the UICC to improve clinical systems, services and training,” Minister Usamate said.
“Signing the WCD is a further way to indicate to the UICC, as well as our other international partners and the public that Fiji remains committed to reducing the burden of cancer.”
The Ministry of Health & Medical Services remains fully committed to effectively reduce the burden of cancer after officially becoming a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2015.
HEALTH MINISTRY EMPHASIZES BETTER COORDINATION DURING DISASTERS
Safe and adequate water with sufficient sanitation and good hygiene should be provided to avoid the risk of disease outbreaks.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate while opening the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster coordination training in Suva today.
The health ministry was the lead agency for the WASH program in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. The Fijian Government activated the cluster system to assist the overall response effort and to improve the coordination of the response activities.
“WASH is part of the 10 functional clusters under the National Disaster Management Structure. The five day training will enable a more efficient and clear evidence based strategies to build healthy resilient communities and bring about actions in our response and coordination in times of disasters and even between disasters,” Minister Usamate said.
He added that in any emergency, communities need to access safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.
“Effective and timely intervention can reduce the spread of disease and your work as a cluster contributes in a big way to building our communities to have safe access and practices towards water and sanitation.”
The Minister urged participants to take stock of what was not done and address responses recorded in the evaluation of the last disaster.