Over 3000 Fijians living in the remote islands of the Yasayasa Moala and Southern Lau group of islands are expected to have better access to medical services in the coming weeks.

This follows a visit by a Ministry of Health and Medical Services team who is on a 33 days tour to the Yasayasa Moala and Southern Lau group of islands.

The visit is part of an annual program that conducts school health visits, general outpatient, dental services, NCD screening, Rheumatic heart disease screening, cervical cancer screening, minor surgeries and health promotion and awareness to the 14 islands within the Yasayasa Moala and Southern Lau group.

Led by the Subdivisional Medical Officer Lakeba, Dr Setareki Sowane the team will conduct community outreach and health services that are not available at the health stations on the islands.

The team began their visitation programme in Naroi, Moala on Monday this week and is scheduled to cover Moala, Matuku, Totoya, Ono-i-Lau, Vatoa, Ogea, Fulaga, Kabara, Namukailau, Komo, Moce, Oneata, Vanuavatu and Nayau in the coming days.

Acting Divisional Medical Officer Eastern Dr. Josaia Tiko said that the medical team will be conducting outreach programs for schools and the communities as well.

“Health Services such as nutrition assessments, general physical examination, immunization to consented children, Rheumatic heart disease screening, eye screening, ear screening, dental examination and treatment will be conducted for school children and this will be done during official school hours and health awareness and promotion and environmental inspection will be the other areas that will also be included”, Dr Tiko said.

Community outreach which will include minor surgical procedures, dental treatments, maternal and child health services, NCD screening, cervical cancer screening and general outpatients will be conducted in the evening and on weekends at the designated village halls which will benefit the 3960 people in the remote maritime areas.

The trip will also ship medical supplies and furniture to the 4 Health Centers and 13 nursing stations in the Lau group.

Meanwhile, a similar outreach is also running in Kadavu and Vanuabalavu subdivision respectively, while Lomaiviti was completed about a week ago.

MOHMS encourages members of the community in these remote islands to maximise attendance utilising the services provided.

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