The launch of the Health Care on Air Pacific will ensure that frontline health workers are better equipped with the most up to date health knowledge and skills in order through digital health care to provide effective services to the communities.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Ifereimi Waqainabete while launching the Health Care on Air Pacific in Suva today.

UNICEF Pacific with development partners is working to deliver a distance education programme -using radio and other communication platforms to motivate health care workers, ensure flexibility and maintain professional standards and accountabilities to communities.

Minister Waqainabete said through this initiative, Government through the health ministry is working on a remodelling exercise of all our services so that we seek to remain relevant in the global shift of health care services and its innovations.

“This remodelling initiative is founded on the need to deliver health services in a COVID-19 safe manner that also promotes Universal Health coverage.

“When this issue of universal health coverage is preached right across the world and championed by WHO including Fiji with COVID-19 and we looked at the remodelling of the services that we needed to do, we realised that it captures the ideas and the pillars of Universal Health Coverage.”

Minister Waqainabete anticipates that the program will benefit the nurses in the 14-countries around the Pacific, improving their knowledge in clinical skills to remain safe while handling COVID-19 cases as well as other diseases.

UNICEF Pacific Representative, Mr Sheldon Yatt stressed the need to prioritise partnership with multilateral organisations, support from bilateral partners including leadership from Pacific island countries.

The program will equip up to 60percent of frontline health workers with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to protect themselves and deliver the best quality services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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