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The Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr. James Fong launched the revised Fiji IPC guidelines to further strengthen the health system and improve health care services in Fiji through the implementation of IPC measures in combating infectious diseases.
Together with the Launch he also opened the two-day training for IPCO officers from the health facilities in the Central Division including the staff at CWM.
While opening the two-day training Dr. Fong said as a follow-up to the training the team will be able to put together an IPC development plan that will link up the Public Health and Hospital Acute Networks to facilitate patient care.
“Infection prevention and control is an integral part of a health care system, one that needs to be implemented and recognised as a means of improving the quality of provision of health care together with, at the same time, providing a safe working environment for all healthcare professionals”, he added.
Effective IPC requires constant action at all levels of the health system, including policymakers, facility managers, health workers, and those who access health services.
The launching of the Fijian IPC Guideline today is indeed a Milestone for Fiji.
The Ministry acknowledges the contribution of the Pacific Community (SPC) through its Pacific Surveillance Network which has enabled us to Review and Develop the Fiji IPC that was developed in 2004 and the World Bank for their continued financial support.