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Women And Children: A Priority

The Ministry of Health & Medical Services Family Health Unit is working diligently to provide appropriate services for women and children in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. One major activity
23 Mar 2016 10:46
Women And Children: A Priority
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate shown the EWARS system. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

The Ministry of Health & Medical Services Family Health Unit is working diligently to provide appropriate services for women and children in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

One major activity is to ensure that there is a provision of outreach mobile clinics in the hard to reach affected areas.

The Minister Jone Usamate said that it is important to ensure that this target population (mothers and children) are healthy and risk free.

“The outreach routine clinics will reduce the complications that would arise if our target population is not able to access our services due to infrastructure damages (health facilities & community).

“We also want to provide maternal child health services inclusive of vaccination and nutrition services to all children”.

Ground works are being carried out and to further complement this from March 29 a mobile maternal child health clinic will be in the field.

Family planning will be available for those who want to avoid unplanned pregnancy at this time and an STI clinic will be open to the public for screening and treatment.

“Immunisation is crucial, now more than ever, in fighting the rising threat of communicable diseases and other diseases.

“Since the cyclone, nearly 80 per cent of cold chain refrigerators, which house immunisations, have gained functionality in health centres and nursing stations around Fiji,” Mr Usamate said.

“We are grateful to our partners UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), WHO (World Health Organisation), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund).”

 

 

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