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Envoy Touched By Fijian Warmth

The Ethiopian envoy visiting the country was yesterday overwhelmed by the warmth he received while touring the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. “I appreciate how welcoming and warm Fijians
09 Jan 2017 11:00
Envoy Touched By Fijian Warmth
Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (right) visits the CWM Hospital. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Ethiopian envoy visiting the country was yesterday overwhelmed by the warmth he received while touring the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

“I appreciate how welcoming and warm Fijians are, and thank you so much indeed.

“This is from my heart,” said Dr Tedros  Adhanom  Ghebreyesus.

The former Minister for Health and Minister for Foreign Affairs under the Ethiopian government led by Prime Minister Hallemariam Desalegn is now a special advisor for Mr Desalegn.

Dr Ghebreyesus said he appreciated the Government’s focus on health care of the people of Fiji.

He emphasised the importance of the ministry’s strategic plan, improving the quality of service in hospitals and focusing on the primary health care.

“Prevention of illness and strengthening the primary health care are very important,” he said.

Mr Ghebreyesus greeted some of the patients and he noticed that the illness that some patients were suffering from could be prevented.

“I had a very good visit today (yesterday) because I had the chance to see some of the services provided. I can see that it has almost all the services the hospital needs. Comprehensive services are provided.”

He also highlighted the importance of having nursing stations.

“Having nursing station at the front line is also important, because it’s those nursing stations that the community reaches out to,” he said.

Mr Ghebreyesus visited the Children’s Ward, Labour Ward, Surgical Ward, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Burns Unit and Coronary Care Unit before he visited the Valelevu Health Centre.

Mr Ghebreyesus will be meeting with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar today.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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