With over 83 percent of major diseases being environmentally mediated, environmental health has become a topic of utmost concern in addressing disease pattern and burden.

This was noted by Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at the inaugural Environmental Health Symposium in Nadi.

“In terms of Universal Health Coverage, preventive care and health promotion have become important foci to address these environmental health disease etiologies,” he said.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) targets are integrated into Fiji’s 5 Year and 20 Year National Development Plan, and improve infrastructure related to water and sewerage.

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