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Fiji, South Korea Sign Health Pack

The Ministry of Health has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea. The Minister for Health and Medical Services,
31 May 2015 10:30
Fiji, South Korea Sign Health Pack
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate, and South Korea’s Deputy Minister for Planning and Co-ordination in the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Choi Younghyun following the signing in Seoul yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Ministry of Health has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, was pleased that a formal understanding was sealed between the two counties, which would further strengthen co-operation in the fields of healthcare and medical services.

“We’re very glad that we can have this formal understanding because we already have some programmes with entities here in ROK like Seoul National University (SNU) and Hanwha Corporation that’s helping us with some of our programmes.

“And the fact that we can have an overarching MOU with the Government of Korea is something that we’re very grateful for and we look forward to good things emanating from this MOU,” he said.

The MOU enables development of co-operation in public health policy, health resources, public health management, health delivery systems including primary health care, drug and healthcare research, traditional medicine, medical tourism, health promotion, health insurance and any other areas of mutual interest that may be jointly decided upon by both countries.

In response, Deputy Minister for Planning and Co-ordination of the Ministry of Health and Welfare ROK, Choi Younghyun, said the Korean government was happy to share its health sector development model with Fiji.

“We know that the Government of Fiji has high expectations for this MOU and the Korean Government has the same. We pledge to expand the sharing of knowledge between the two countries and also other cooperation programmes,” he said.

Mr Usamate again thanked the ROK government for its willingness to assist Fiji in building knowledge and capacity saying, “there is great opportunity for everybody and we look forward to the sharing of knowledge especially for us small island developing countries.” DEPTFO News

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