The World Health Organisation has made a commitment to strengthen Fiji’s position as a hub for training regional health workers in the area of primary health care.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with WHO Director‑General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus along the margins of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu.
Bainimarama has welcomed the commitment by Dr. Ghebreyesus.
Dr. Ghebreyesus, in return, conveyed his appreciation to Fiji for its uncompromising stand on climate change and issues faced by vulnerable communities in the region.
Prime Minister Bainimarama also highlighted Fiji’s concern on the escalating incidences of Non‑ Communicable Diseases (NCD) and consumption of illicit drugs amongst Fiji’s population.
According to the WHO Director‑General, NCD is a priority area for WHO, he also reiterated the need for the education sector to be more involved in the reinforcement of key messages on healthy lifestyle choices for Fiji’s young generation.
The Pacific Island Forum Leaders are in Tuvalu for the 50th Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting.