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Why Are These People All Happy? It’s Good Health News

The Government’s goal is to provide quality, affordable and efficient health services for all the people of Fiji, says Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate. He stressed this
25 Nov 2015 10:09
Why Are These People All Happy? It’s Good Health News
(Second from Left) The Ambassador of Japan Takuji Hanatani ,Minister for Health and Medical services Jone Usamate and Lautoka Hospital Medical superintendent Rigamoto Taito yesterday infront of the Blood Donor bus at the Lautoka hospital .

The Government’s goal is to provide quality, affordable and efficient health services for all the people of Fiji, says Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate.
He stressed this during the hand over of the blood donor bus to the Fiji National Blood Service West branch yesterday at Lautoka Hospital.
The bus which was fully funded by the government of Japan is worth $165,000.
Mr Usamate said the call for action to all governments is to achieve 100 per cent remunerated donations by 2020 with Fiji already achieving 87 per cent voluntary donation in 2014.
“Fiji should be achieving 100 per cent by 2018, achieving this target if resources and necessary policies are made readily available,” he said.
The donation of the first blood donation bus in the Central Division boosted the level of voluntary donation level by 31.4 per cent. The Central Eastern Division recording 62.2 per cent increasing up to 93.6 per cent last year and the Western Division with 72 per cent.
“The kind donation from the people of Japan for clinical service delivery, especially for the blood donor recruit programme is a timely donation.
“It augurs well with the Ministry of Health’s endeavour to reach the 100 per cent voluntary non- remunerated blood donation in 2018,” Mr Usamate said.
The Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani said the project was implemented under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security projects programme.
“I am delighted to say that the new specialised blood donor bus will strengthen the blood collection capacity of the Ministry of Health and ease the strain on medical professionals.
“Most importantly it will contribute towards maintaining steady supply of blood for the benefit of the people in the Western Division.”
Mr Hanatani said one of the finest examples of humanity was giving blood in terms of giving part of one’s life to other human beings whom we do not know.
“The new blood donor bus will help the authorities organise regular blood drives To the midst of their daily lives it is quite challenging for people to go and donate blood at hospitals.
“It is also encouraging to see this project is aligned with the Fiji Health Ministry’s national strategic plans (2011-2015).The implementation of such assistance in line with Fiji’s development aspirations is fundamental to Japan’s development co-operation,” Mr Hanatani said.

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