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Better health care at grassroots level: Usamate

November 27, 2015 4:36 am

People in rural communities can expect better medical care through a Community Health Worker Policy that was launched in Lami, Suva today.

Minister for Health Jone Usamate, while launching the Community Health Workers Policy and Training manuals, says Community Health workers are viewed as an engine of change in enhancing primary health care and health promotion in Communities.

Usamate says as of October this year, the Health Ministry Medical Services has registered 1,580 active Community Health Workers from the different communities in Fiji.

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He adds unlike previous years, workers will now receive basic training in first aid, wellness, child health and safe motherhood.

The formal Community Health Workers programme began in 1978 with the World Health Organisation launch of Primary Health care.

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