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A-G Tells of Skills Shortage in our Medical Profession

A gathering in Suva has been told that for years the medical fraternity in Fiji has been neglected. This comment was made by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while officiating at the
30 Sep 2018 12:31
A-G Tells of Skills Shortage in our Medical Profession
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the World Harvest Centre Zone 38 Gala Dinner at the Holiday Inn Suva on September 29, 2018. Photos: Simione Haravanua

A gathering in Suva has been told that for years the medical fraternity in Fiji has been neglected.

This comment was made by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while officiating at the Christian Mission Fellowship gala dinner at Holiday Inn Suva last night.

In conjunction with the World Heart Day, the theme of the night was “A Healthy and Merry Heart Produces a Prosperous Nation”.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in Fiji at the moment if someone had a heart attack, there’s not a single Fijian doctor who is a specialist who can carry out an open-heart surgery. In this 21st century, he said, it was quite a tragedy that we don’t have a single Fijian doctor who performed open-heart surgery and the reason for this was fundamentally a lack of investment in our education sector and a lack of investment in the medical profession.

Because of this, he added, the Government invested a lot in the education sector and today if you become a doctor you have the opportunity to do postgraduate studies fully funded to ensure the development of specialists.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum acknowledged the church for its contribution to the education sector.

He said the Government recognised the contribution of faith-based and community-based organisations towards education.

“If tomorrow we have to take out the entire faith-based organisation, they will stop running their schools and then we will have very few Government schools left.

“It is only through the work of various faith-based and community-based school organisations that we have the network of education facilities throughout Fiji.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum encouraged those present at the dinner to take care of their health and keep their heart healthy.

Meanwhile, the purpose of the fundraising dinner was to collect funds for the completion of the World Harvest College at Khalsa Road, Nasinu.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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