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Uni Takes Proactive Approach Towards Staff, Students Health

  The Fiji National University (FNU) has strengthened its commitment towards devel­oping a positive work and study environment for its staff and stu­dents. This is by undertaking several health and
30 Aug 2018 10:00
Uni Takes Proactive Approach Towards Staff, Students Health
From left; Professor Nigel Healy (Vice Chancellor - Fiji National University), Dr Roy Watson (Treasurer - Pacific Society for Reproductive Health), Dr Pushpa Nusair (President - Pacific Society for Reproductive Health), Rosy Akbar (Minister for Health and Medical Services) and Ireen Manuel Chief Exectuive Officer - Pacific Society for Reproductive Health). Photo: The Fiji National University

 

The Fiji National University (FNU) has strengthened its commitment towards devel­oping a positive work and study environment for its staff and stu­dents.

This is by undertaking several health and wellness initiatives across all its major campuses.

FNU Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey while speaking at a symposium organised by the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) stated the univer­sity had also adopted the Ministry of Health guidelines for healthy eating, in all food supplied by the university to staff.

“We are committed to taking a more proactive approach to im­proving the health status of our staff and students,” said Profes­sor Healey.

“We have instituted free annual health screening for all FNU staff, testing for early signs of Type Two Diabetes and heart disease, as well as screening for the two major killers – prostate and breast cancer.

“Also have agreed with the Uni­versity Council to provide free and comprehensive medical insurance to all staff from 1 January 2019.”

The free medical screening for staff was conducted in the central, western and northern division over a two-week period.

“Although we have focused in this first phase on screening for and the prevention of NCDs and cancers, we understand the cen­trality that reproductive health plays in the health status of the nation.

“As a university, we are taking the lead in the sexual education of our students and the promotion of safe sex.”

Professor Healey also informed delegates that the university had designed and begun the tender process for the construction of a gymnasium at Nasinu Campus for recreational sport and exercise for staff and students.

“We are all proud of the fact that FNU has been the medical cen­tre of excellence for the Pacific Islands since the foundation of Suva Medical School in 1885,” he said.

“For the last 133 years, we have trained the region’s doctors, den­tists, nurses and allied health workers.”

Professor Healey also acknowl­edged the valuable work that PSRH was doing to promote sex­ual reproductive health in the Pa­cific.

Source: The Fiji National University



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