Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar during the Fiji Medical Association 59th Annual Scientific Conference at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour on September 9, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar yesterday said the ministry would be using the networking of health centres and nursing stations to improve their services.
“We are working to improve Primary Health Care Services delivered via our extensive network of nursing stations and health centres,” Ms Akbar said.
Ms Akbar made the comment during the Fiji Medical Association 59th Annual Scientific Conference attended by over 100 members at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour.
She said to the doctors present at the conference that the aim was to improve existing maternal health, child health and school health services in collaboration with the communities they serve.
“We are seeking to encourage communities to make positive lifestyle changes through advocacy and provision of information as well as mainstreaming wellness initiatives through our Antenatal Clinics, Maternal and Child Health, School Health and Adolescent Health care services,” she said.
“In secondary care, the government is strengthening counselling and working to offer earlier intervention in SOPD clinics to avoid complications.
“The Government’s Free Medicines Scheme is also a prominent feature in this level of care.
“In tertiary care, cardiac and nephrology services are being strengthened, often in partnership with private sector players.
Ms Akbar said non-communicable diseases posed a growing threat to health and wellbeing in our nation and across the globe.
She said the World Health Organisation estimated that NCDs took the lives of 38 million people, and accounted for around two in every three deaths globally, in 2012. That number is forecast to increase to by more than 15 per cent to 44 million deaths by 2030.
“It is predicted that by 2020 NCDs will cause seven out of 10 deaths in developing countries,” she said.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika