Fiji’s final participation at the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation meeting has ended on a high note with notable interventions and effective deliberations in the last eight days.
Fiji lobbied strongly to effectively maintain SIDS voice at this global platform in the presence of the 34 member countries governing body and hundreds of observers.
“We now managed to achieve our strategic priorities being a member of the Executive Board and we are finishing on a remarkable note and it is our hope that the next member State will maintain that standard of being meaningfully represented in the Executive Board,” said Waqainabete, Minister for Health and Medical Services.
Minister Waqainabete said that “Fiji is no longer at the periphery, we are more involved and we want to maintain that footprint in this global Agenda. The Hon Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has taken the lead on SDG 14 where Fiji with Sweden presided over the first ever UN Oceans Conference in 2016, Fiji took the lead on SD13 on Climate Action in 2018 as President of COP23 and we wish to maintain that through our advocacy and partnership to achieve SDG 3 on Health.”
“As a key outcome of the meeting Fiji is looking at co-sponsoring a few resolutions namely the antimicrobial, patient safety, elimination of cervical cancer and health and climate change. With this co-sponsoring of resolutions, it provides the platform for the Ministry of Health to partner with the global community to enhance capacity building and to strengthen health resilience.”
Minister Waqainabete added that “Fiji is committed to the 2018 Tokyo Declaration on Patient Safety (Third Global Ministerial Summit on Patient) and supports Japan on Patient Safety resolution. Fiji on behalf of SIDS has a particular focus on addressing the major issue of Unsafe surgery that contributes to the burden of harm due to unsafe care”.
He also highlighted that the Global strategy provides support for midwifery, nursing and physicians, however SIDS need for human resources in areas of advancing health technologies such as biomedical engineers technicians and scarce specialists like radiologists and sub specialists pathologists is pivotal.
The Hon Minister further reiterated that health is not limited to health centres, Fiji is advocating to strengthen resistance in the Pacific and for SIDS and will continue to reinforce our role in health diplomacy in the future.