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Letter Of The Month

Letter Of The Month
Letter of the Month
August 10
11:31 2017

You’re absolutely right, Akbar

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, is correct when she said: “Stop blaming us for the poor state of your health. I have never heard anybody saying that some of the diseases and burdens that we bring upon ourselves is our own fault.

“And I think it’s high time we all take responsibility and stop this blame game.”

Every responsible government strives to come up with the best ever health system for its people by continually educating and reminding the public to change their lifestyle into a healthier one and also providing professional health care personnel, facilities, equipment and medicine for those who fall sick.

Every year the State Budget for health care seems to increase, in our country where not many people have health insurance.

Here, the iTaukei mind-set in calling a hospital ‘Valenibula’ (House of Life), has flowed on to all Fijians. People seem to ignore good health principles, abuse their health and reach out to the chemist, pharmacies and health clinics and doctors for health restoration.

Unfair indeed that this blame game will reach the top, to the Minister for Health and Medical Services, who represents the Government of the day.

With our current increasing statistics for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), it would be really unfair to put the blame on the health ministry and its leaders.

However, the Fijian mindset has been that whoever takes on the Minister for Health portfolio, needs to be there with the people, knowing what they eat and drink, their lifestyles, the health facilities available, and their performance in meeting the health needs of the people.

In other words, as the Minister for Health, you take the blame, say you are sorry and that you are doing your best to continue educating the people to make healthy choices and improve the service delivery of our health institutions.

Our current Health Minister has proven to be one of the hardest working ministers in Government and I believe that given time, she will help turn around the current blame game, because she loves to go out there and talk to people and meet their needs.

Mr Vakaliwaliwa will receive a Philips 1200W Bagged Vaccum Cleaner from Courts



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