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‘Gender-Based Violence A Public Health Challenge’

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services staff marked ‘Ending Violence against Women and Girls – 16 Days of Activism’ on Wednesday. The commemoration was held at their headquarters at
09 Dec 2016 11:08
‘Gender-Based Violence A Public Health Challenge’

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services staff marked ‘Ending Violence against Women and Girls – 16 Days of Activism’ on Wednesday.

The commemoration was held at their headquarters at Dinem House, Toorak in Suva.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alexander O’Connor said: “Gender-based violence is a major public health challenge and has negative impact on the individuals as well as the society at large.

“This is part of our effort to create greater awareness on ending violence against women and girls among staff and the public alike.

“The Ministry has also been conducting gender awareness training throughout the Ministry with the support from key stakeholders and development partners,” he said.

Mr O’Connor said this is the first time the Ministry was participating in this initiative.

“The Ministry is working closely with all our partners in addressing the issue of gender-based violence and violence against women.”

 

Makoi maternity unit expected to be completed by March

The new Makoi low-risk maternity unit presently under construction is expected to open in March next year. It is located beside Makoi Health Centre in Nasinu.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said: “The construction of the new Makoi low-risk maternity unit is going to ease off a lot of our issues that we have in our major hospitals.

“Suva-Nausori corridor is a very populated area and this low-risk maternity unit will provide much needed service to them.

“People staying between Suva-Nausori corridor will not have to go to Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital in Suva or Nausori Hospital,” she said.

Ms Akbar said the progress on the construction of the unit is going well and they anticipate that works will be completed in the given time.

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