Meet the New Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical services Mr Philip Davis
“I was excited when I took up the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services this week. I follow in the footsteps of several much-loved leaders and I will work hard to build on their achievements. I am also humbled by the fact that I am just part of a much bigger team. Good health services need good teamwork. We all know and value the wonderful work of our doctors and nurses. They are supported by hundreds of others ‘behind the scenes’ whose efforts ensure you and your loved ones receive the care you need. It’s vital that all of ‘Team Health’ works together so those services are there when they’re needed. In fact, every Fijian is also a member of ‘Team Health’ who can make their own contribution to staying fit and well by quitting smoking (or not starting), eating healthier foods, getting up moving about every day and, if we do consume alcohol, doing so in moderation. That’s how we can all help build a winning team”.
Laughing Samoans at CWM
Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea’i, known as the Laughing Samoans, visited children who have been diagnosed with cancer Saturday morning at CWM Hospital.
In partnership with WOWS Kids, a charitable organization for children living with cancer and other life threatening diseases, and Damodar Cinemas, conducting a fundraising campaign for towards WOWS efforts, the Laughing Samoans brought smiles to families in preparation for their show. They invited patients and their families to the show as well.
Supporting children with cancer has been a passion of the Laughing Samoans for years, and they continue to use their talents as a way to give back to the community. Proceeds from the event will go towards relief efforts of TC Winston. The Health Ministry thanks the Laughing Samoans and their partners for their efforts.
Emblematic Stories Launched by Assistant Health Minister
The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar launched UNDP’s project “Emblematic Stories”.
“Emblematic Stories” is a project from SCEFI (Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative), which over the last 3 years has promoted civic engagement, economic empowerment and natural resource management, women and youth empowerment, and the rights of the disabled and marginalized, through a series of small grants spread throughout the whole country.
Mrs Bhatnahagr expressed gratitude for the assistance the SCEFI program has provided to communities in need. “On behalf of the people of Fiji, I would like to thank UNDP and the European Union for such a constructive program. This kind of grassroots initiative is essential for improving civic engagement and empowering every Fijian. The project also supports efforts towrads mental health and wellbeing”, she said.
Mrs Bhatnagar pointed to the success of the Vuda Teen Mums Project, coordinated by Viseisei Sai Health Centre. None of the grant recipients from the project were able to attend the launch, as they had all successfully gained full-time employment.
“It’s wonderful to see the success of the Teen Mums project, and witness what a difference it has made in empowering lives and creating livelihoods”, Mrs Bhatnagar added.
Representatives for the grantees include Lionel from Youth Champs for Mental Health, Salochna from the Naari Shakti Women’s club, and Ana Maria from the Pacific Center for Peacebuilding, who shared stories of how the grants helped empower their communities.