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Akbar Urges Managers To Enhance Health Services

Strategies to enhance medical service delivery in Fiji this year was discussed by senior national health managers during a meeting in Suva yesterday. Managers had the added task of aligning
02 Feb 2018 11:00
Akbar Urges Managers To Enhance Health Services
Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Alex O’Connor (front, third from left), Minster for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar(front, fourth from left) with senior managers at the meeting in Holiday Inn, Suva on February 1, 2018. Photo: Ministry of Health

Strategies to enhance medical service delivery in Fiji this year was discussed by senior national health managers during a meeting in Suva yesterday.

Managers had the added task of aligning new strategies with the five and 20-year National Development Plan announced last November in Bonn, Germany.

The meeting also marked the first public appearance of Ministry of Health and Medical Services Acting Permanent Secretary Susan Kiran.

Ms Kiran replaced Philip Davies, who resigned on Wednesday citing personal reasons.

While opening the meet, Health Minister Rosy Akbar said there was a need to take health services in Fiji to a new level.

“I strongly believe that you are the very people within the ministry that can help us to make the much needed positive difference,” Ms Akbar said.

“We are mandated to be service-oriented by having the heart to serve with compassion and capitalise on opportunities to provide patient friendly hospital environments.”

While the meeting itself was closed to media, indications from the minster’s speech suggests that the improvement of customer services at hospitals was high on the agenda.

“My Assistant Minister (Alex O’Connor) and I have been visiting health facilities around the country and we see that there is room for improvements in terms of the outlook and infrastructure of our health facilities, general services and customer service,” she said.

Another area of importance to the minister was conditions at health facilities in rural areas, which she said had been “neglected for quite a long time”.

The development plan will inject over $50billion of government investment over the next 20 years, it was announced at the launch.

Edited by Percy Kean

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