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World Health Organisation Commits To Bolster Fiji As Centre For Health Training In Region

The organization is committed to building strong primary health care systems to ensure overall health improvement in vulnerable communities.
14 Aug 2019 15:38
World Health Organisation Commits To Bolster Fiji As Centre For Health Training In Region
Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left) and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during their bilateral talks on August 12, 2019, in Funafuti, Tuvalu. Photo: Ilaijia Ravuwai

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is committed to strengthening Fiji as a training center for regional health workers to mobilize primary health care.

The commitment was made on Monday, following a meeting between Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the margins of the opening sessions of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu.

The organization is committed to building strong primary health care systems to ensure overall health improvement in vulnerable communities.

Mr. Bainimarama welcomed the commitment by Mr. Ghebreyesus, who also conveyed his appreciation for Fiji’s uncompromising stand on climate change and issues faced by vulnerable small island countries in the region.

“Fiji’s strong leadership and advocacy in the climate space is critical in realizing the targets set by the Paris Agreement,” Mr. Ghebreyesus said.

“As the hub of the Pacific, Fiji’s leadership is crucial and I thank the Honourable Prime Minister for his vision for Fiji and the region.”

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji’s concern was on the escalating incidences of Non- Communicable Diseases (NCD) and the consumption of illicit drugs among the Fijian population.

According to Mr. Ghebreyesus, this was also a priority area for the organization and the education sector must be involved in early intervention in reinforcing key messages on healthy lifestyle choices for Fiji’s young generation.

The Pacific Island Forum Leaders are in Tuvalu for the 50th  Pacific Islands Forum. They are joined by dialogue partners to deliberate on key development issues in the region.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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