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Dr Sharma Focus On Social Issues

Dr Neil Sharma says he will focus on education, health and social services. The Government backbencher and former Minister for Health said: “Education and health underpin socio-economic and national development.
17 Oct 2014 09:25
Dr Sharma Focus On Social Issues

Dr Neil Sharma says he will focus on education, health and social services.

The Government backbencher and former Minister for Health said: “Education and health underpin socio-economic and national development. Both remain tools for social justice and serve long term national development needs,” he said.

On health reforms, he said it needed momentum and direction.

Dr Sharma believes that much of the infrastructure, human resource, and technology upgrade is just about in place.

The executive arm of the Government he said, needed to address the triple burden of disease nationally – that of communicable, non-communicable and re-emergent diseases.

“The special needs of mental health care, cancer and diabetes cannot be treated as business as usual, needing international alignment.”

He said “Universal Health Coverage “(UHC) needed the greatest injection of innovation in Fiji, as the Post Development Agenda 2015 replacement of the Millenium Development Goals concluded in 2015. As a sequel to the Social Health Insurance (WHO – 2013 Fiji Study), he said Health Coverage and Health Insurance were issues for public stakeholder discussion.

Dr Sharma admitted he remained a silent admirer of President Obama who was elected in 2009 when he joined the Bainimarama Governmet. “Obama-care provided the “Affordable Care Act-2010.”

He said with a sizeable, stable private health sector, an appropriate agency to control transactions like the Fiji National Provident Fund establishment and Private Health Insurance Companies, all stakeholders needed to address this under a universal health coverage scheme.

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