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Fiji To Be Represented At 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva

A delegation led by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, will represent Fiji at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be held from May
20 May 2017 11:23
Fiji To Be Represented At 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva

A delegation led by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, will represent Fiji at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be held from May 22 to 31.

Ms Akbar, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Philip Davies, and the Principal Administrative Secretary, Makarita Tikoduadua, are to attend this meeting.

Ms Akbar said Fiji’s participation would be very important as it would create new opportunities to strengthen and explore new platforms for the health sector development programmes.

It would also be an opportunity for Fiji to cast its vote for the appointment of a new Director-General for the World Health Organisation (WHO),” she said.

“There will be opportunities to meet with other health bodies and establish bilateral talks with them.

“It puts Fiji on an international platform as well.”

Ms Akbar said this year’s World Health Assembly would also feature a meeting between the Pacific health ministers.

The World Health Assembly is attended by all WHO member states and focuses on a health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.

The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of WHO, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

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