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Health Ministers Form Pacific Voice

Climate change impacts every individual, whether socially, economically and physically, says the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate. He said Fiji and the Pacific were among the worst
29 Oct 2015 10:05
Health  Ministers Form  Pacific Voice
Cook Islands Health Minister Nandi Glassie, UNFPA deputy director Lubna Baqi, Kingdom of Jordan Princess Sarah Zeid, Dr Jiko Luveni and Minister for Health and Medical Service Jone Usamate during the Forum at Sofitel Resort and Spa yesterday.

Climate change impacts every individual, whether socially, economically and physically, says the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate.
He said Fiji and the Pacific were among the worst affected by climate change.
“As a result, the Pacific Islands health ministers will have a regional voice presented to Cop21 in Paris, the World Health Assembly and every other global body so that we make people realise the severity of this issue,” Mr Usamate said.
“This will also allow us to access resources that can help us implement some of our plans to address climate change.
“One of the important aspects of growth is people. When we talk about growth, we talk about people.”
The Fijian Government, he said, under the Green Growth Framework and through the Ministry of Health, had designed a five-year plan to achieve the desired results.
“When you’re talking about a thing like climate change and its impact on reproductive health. What we do in 10 years is what we can do. What we need to do is take this message to the international community because in terms of dealing with the impacts, most of the Pacific countries cannot do it alone. They simply don’t have the resources for it.
“So one of the major intents of these consultations is while we are making our internal plans, it is important that we put together a Pacific voice and take it to the international community and tell them that look at this climate change that we had nothing to do with, but we are the ones who are feeling the pinch.
“The international community – those countries that did things that led to this climate change must make sure that they assist us so that we can deal with this issue,” he said.

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