Fiji supports the strengthening of health systems’ resilience to climate risks, aiding efforts to adapt to climate change and promoting measures to mitigate the effects of climate change around the world that will assist in sustaining the lives of vulnerable communities in the Small Islands Developing States.

 Fiji is also calling on WHO to step up and develop special health initiatives that target the vulnerable and fragile economies who are frequently exposed to extreme natural events.

 This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services , Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at the WHO 144th Session of the Executive Board Meeting

 “Fiji is effectively using every opportunity to inform WHO of the SIDS priorities,” Minister Waqainabete said.

“This includes the nexus between Climate Change and Health, Health Facility Resilience, Non Communicable Disease, Primary Health Care and General Support Services.”

Waqainabete reiterated that certain issues discussed at such international platform would need to be implemented at the regional and national level and that would be Fiji’s priority in the coming years such as issues related to medicines, drugs and consumables. The Hon Minister also hopes to have a strong health and support system that sustains patient and community safety noting that Malaria and polio remains an issue for the Pacific.

On the margins of the meeting, Fiji will be meeting with her European partners who have effective health systems to share experiences and  best practices that is effective with the least minimal cost that could also be implemented in Fiji to ensure that no one is left behind.

Fiji also intends to strengthen its relationship with WHO Western Pacific Regional Office and so far a series of meetings with the new WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Takeshi Kasai and the Hon Waqainabete were convened.

 

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