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10 Interesting Things About Our Ministry Of Health And Medical Services’ Head Of Fiji’s COVID-19 Vaccination Taskforce

Dr Rachel Devi is the woman behind the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the country.
22 May 2021 11:00
10 Interesting Things About Our Ministry Of Health And Medical Services’ Head Of Fiji’s COVID-19 Vaccination Taskforce
Dr Rachel Devi.

Dr Rachel Devi is the woman behind the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the country.

She has been working tirelessly behind the scenes with her team to ensure a smooth rollout of the AstraZeneca jabs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a report released last month, the World Health Organisation commended the task force’s work in ensuring Fiji’s readiness to receive and safely deliver vaccines.

1 Dr Rachel Devi grew up in Suva. She attended Veiuto Primary School and then went to Suva Grammar School, where she was the head girl in 2001.

2 After Suva Grammar School, Dr Rachel began her Medical studies at the then Fiji School of Medicine now Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2007.

3 She is a Christian. So, she is often at the forefront leading the Ministry of Health’s formal events with a word of prayer. 

Her high school friends recall moments where she would lead the Christian Fellowship (CF) in school. She says her faith in Christ is what keeps her going.

4Dr Rachel is married to Deshmon Pillay of Labasa, and they have a four-year-old daughter named Destiny. She enjoys cooking, baking and tennis and is all about family.

5 She went for further studies at the University of Sydney in Australia and graduated with a Masters in International Public Health in 2017.

6 In 2018, she became the Project Manager for Watershed Interventions for Systems Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji)committed to clean and safe drinking waters in the rural. 

7 Professionally, she is a public health care specialist. She is the Head of Family Health for the minstry. 

8 In 2012, she became the National Advisor Family Health for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services

9 Outside the ministry, she is also the vice chair for the Medical Services Pacific (MSP) Management Board. 

MSP is a Fijian-based charity that provides a range of development services for vulnerable communities in the Asia and Pacific region

10 She is an adjunct lecturer with the University of Sydney.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj



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