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Ministers Need To Uphold Pacific Health Voice: Usamate

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate chaired a meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Health during the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva where it was identified
07 Jun 2016 09:00
Ministers Need To Uphold  Pacific Health Voice:  Usamate
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate,

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate chaired a meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Health during the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva where it was identified that Pacific Health Leaders must maintain a Pacific voice in the global arena.

“The need for Pacific Health Ministers to continuously present a united front on the issues of NCD and climate change remains paramount as this is having a devastating impact on the Pacific,” Mr Usamate said.

“This can be achieved by continuous information sharing amongst Pacific Island countries.”

Mr Usamate said the ministers voiced their commitment to share information to benefit the region in securing solutions and learning off one another in dealing with health issues of mutual concern such as that of Non-Communicable Diseases, Communicable diseases, Climate Change, HIV/AIDS etc.

“The Ministers agreed that it is crucial for the Pacific to have its issues highlighted at the global front and the onus remains with our leaders to push our agenda forward,” Mr Usamate said.

There were 25 attendees to this meeting including 11 Pacific Ministers and other country delegates to the World Health Assembly.

The meeting was a success as members were able to deliberate on health  issues relevant to the Pacific that were raised at the Guam meeting in October 2015 and they were also provided an update on all the issues they had discussed during their 2015 meeting in Fiji.

They also resolved to make efficient use of opportunities such as the World Health Assembly or other forums where most Pacific Ministers will be in attendance.

Pacific Health Ministers in attendance at this meeting expressed their appreciation to the chairman for convening this meeting.

Fiji has been represented by a three-member team at the World Health Assembly led by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate, and the National Adviser, Dr Isimeli Tukana and the director Nursing Services, Silina Waqa Ledua.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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