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Akbar: Imagine What Our Health System Would Be Like in 2025

Akbar: Imagine What Our Health System Would Be Like in 2025
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (middle) during the Fiji College of General Practitioners and the Fiji Medical Association annual conference at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island on July 1, 2017. Photo: Shahani Mala
July 03
11:00 2017


Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar has challenged the general practitioners to imagine where Fiji’s health care system will be by 2025.

Ms Akbar was chief guest at the Fiji College of General Practition­ers and the Fiji Medical Associa­tion annual conference at Shan­gri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island on Saturday.

“The theme for your conference this year is intriguing and wide-ranging: “The General Practition­ers, Public System, Specialist and Medical Care in 2025”.

“That theme challenges us all to try to envisage what our health care system may look like eight years from now.

“What will have changed? And what will remain the same?, What new or different challenges will we face?

“And what frustrations that con­front us today will have been re­moved and long-forgotten when you come together for your 33rd Annual Conference in 2025?”

Ms Akbar said forecasting was al­ways hazardous.

“Let me assure you that I do not intend to fall into the trap of of­fering you forecasts of what the world of general practice, the pub­lic health system or medical care more generally will look like in 2025.

“I would hate to think of my pre­dictions being ridiculed by a fu­ture Minister in eight years’ time!

“There are, however, some areas where I believe we can anticipate with a reasonable degree of con­fidence how your world will have changed by 2025.

“I shall focus on just two. One re­lating to the nature of the condi­tions you will be treating in 2025 and the second relating to the tech­nologies that you will use to do so.

“First, we know that patterns of disease will continue to evolve.

“Fiji, like many other countries at our current stage of development, faces what is commonly described as a ‘double burden’ of disease.

“We are still challenged by a number of communicable dis­eases which are now rarely seen in wealthier countries. And yet, at the same time, we know that we are facing, and will continue to face, a growing burden of non-commu­nicable disease – sometimes de­scribed as ‘lifestyle disease’.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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