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10 Things You Might Not Know About The PS For Health And Medical Services- Dr James Fong

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete described Dr Fong as intelligent and well read, and someone who was always wanting to know more.
29 Apr 2021 08:45
10 Things You Might Not Know About The PS For Health And Medical Services- Dr James Fong
Dr James Fong. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Described as a man with deep passion for the job, the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong, is no stranger to every household in the country.

He has been the face and the voice of the country’s COVID-19 fight in recent days.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete described Dr Fong as intelligent, well read, and someone who was always wanting to know more.

He said: ‘’I have known him for more than 23 years as a colleague and a close friend and have always enjoyed the many interactions which I find intellectual and fulfilling.”

  1. Originally from Nabubu Village, Namuka, Macuata, with maternal links to Dogotuki, Macuata, in Vanua Levu
  2. The eldest of five siblings. He has four younger sisters.
  3. Spent a great deal of his childhood in Ba where his father had taught. He had later attended Xavier College for his secondary school education.
  4. Is married to Monica Fong, who is a Health System Coordinator for the World Health Organisation. Mrs Fong is originally from Namotomoto Village in Nadi and they have a son.
  5. Graduated with his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS prior to graduating with his Masters of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynaecology Medicine from the Fiji School of Medicine (now Fiji National University) in 1989.
  6. He has been an Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist for more than 30 years. Rising through the ranks from Obstetrician Gynaecologist to head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
  7. He has been in numerous leadership positions prior to his appointment as Permanent Secretary. He has been the Head of National Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Service Network for Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Sciences, Executive Fiji Medical Association, Member Fiji Medical Council (FMC), Chairman Medical Advisory Committee for MOHMS Overseas Referral Committee and many other significant roles within the ministry.
  8. In February 2020, he was appointed to lead the COVID-19 Incidental Management Team (IMT). The IMT overlooked the ministry’s affairs in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and providing advice and recommendations to Cabinet.
  9. He was appointed as the Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in August 2020 and was acting for the position up until October 2020.
  10. Today, Dr Fong is the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

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