To build a healthier Fiji is a critical pillar says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the launch of the four weeks of Gastroenterology Training Program at the CWM hospital.
This year’s launch marks 10 years since the Program started and it has been a success as it produces more specialist health doctors to contribute to not only a healthy Fiji but the Pacific as a whole.
Bainimarama says that effort is two-fold, as they seek to raise the quality and level of access to health services and empower the Fijian people to be more proactive about their own health.
The Gastroenterology Program provides specialist training for doctors and nurses not only in Fiji but the South Pacific region.
“When someone is beset by an illness, as they become aware of their symptoms and notice a decrease in their quality of life, it can be a very alarming experience, not only for themselves, but for those who love and care for them as well,” Bainimarama says.
Bainimarama says at that very moment of stress they need to know that they will be properly looked after and believe on the high quality health care system because they have well train doctors and nurses.
“And they should know that their Government is committed to making their healthcare options affordable, so they can access the check-ups, medication and other services that keep them healthy,” he says.
Bainimarama said the training program has been excellent.
“I applaud our doctors that are here today, from Fiji and our neighbouring nations in the Pacific, who are about to embark on this intensive four-week training programme. You are here to learn life-saving skills, and will do so in the context of the Fijian healthcare system,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director for WGO Suva Training Centre Dr Joji Malani says todays their diagnostic skills are better than in 2007 when the program started.
Malani says so far more than 60 doctors are helping to train the doctors in Fiji and the Pacific and more than 40 nurses are participating in the program.
“That is quite a remarkable achievement for the determinants of the program,” Malani says.
Story by Allen Waitara & Photos by Ivamere Rokovesa.