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Minister Usamate To Attend Major World Conference

The 69th World Health Assembly will discuss issues such as non-communicable diseases, promoting health through the life course, preparedness, surveillance and response and communicable diseases. The Minister for Health and
22 May 2016 10:00
Minister Usamate To Attend Major World Conference
Minister for Health Jone Usamate.

The 69th World Health Assembly will discuss issues such as non-communicable diseases, promoting health through the life course, preparedness, surveillance and response and communicable diseases.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate will be attending the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from May 23 to 28.

Mr Usamate will be participating at the World Health Assembly in his capacity as the Minister for Health and Medical Services Fiji and as the chair for the Pacific Health Ministers. The Minister will also chair an informal meeting with the Pacific Health Ministers whilst in Geneva.

The 69th World Health Assembly will discuss issues such as non-communicable diseases, promoting health through the life course, preparedness, surveillance and response and communicable diseases.

Mr Usamate said: “These topics that will be discussed on a global platform are quite relevant to us here in Fiji and the Pacific. NCDs remain the number one contributor to deaths in Fiji and a growing concern as we continue to lobby for a behaviour change in lifestyle choices.

“We have just experienced a Category Five cyclone and as a Pacific island country, strengthening and understanding preparedness and resilience to climate change is important. Especially as climate change is linked to health”.

Climate change and its impact on health is also a contributing factor towards the prevalence of communicable diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services continues to lobby for and advocate the wellness concept through the Wellness Centre, whereby wellness is an active process of becoming aware & making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.

“It is encouraging to see wellness and health promotion being discussed at this global platform and from this World Health Assembly, we hope to bring back insights and outcomes on strengthening our efforts in health”, Mr Usamate said.

The Minister will be accompanied by the national advisor for NCD and Wellness Dr Isimeli Tukana and director nursing services Silina Waqa.

The Minister will also be part of the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva on the May 22.

 

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