16th November 07:55 AM
Ministry to improve Primary Health Care Services - Akbar
By Iva Danford
Saturday 09/09/2017
Valelevu Health Centre

The Ministry of Health is working to improve Primary Health Care Services delivered through their extensive network of nursing stations and health centers.

This was highlighted by the Health Minister Rosy Akbar at the Fiji Medical Association's 59th Annual Scientific Conference this morning at Pearl Resort in Pacific Habour.

Akbar says their aim is to improve existing maternal health, child health and school health services in collaboration with the communities they serve.

She says that the Ministry is also seeking to encourage communities to make positive lifestyle changes through advocacy and provision of information as well as main streaming wellness initiatives through their Antenatal Clinics, Maternal and Child Health, School Health and Adolescent Health care services.

Akbar says that they have also launched the National Diabetes Registration Drive and the target is to screen as many adults for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity at nursing stations and health centres.

The Minister says in secondary care, the government is strengthening counselling and working to offer earlier intervention in Surgical Out-patient Departmet clinics to avoid complications.

She adds in tertiary care, cardiac and nephrology services are being strengthened, often in partnership with private sector players.

Akbar also challenge health practitioners, educators and administrators to do more to advocate for Non Communicable Diseases prevention particularly in their communities.

She says Fiji estimated that around 80 percent of deaths are attributable to NCDs.

Akbar says NCDs do not just take their toll of people's health, but also pose significant threats to the financial viability of our health system.

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