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Fiji to strengthen health resilience

February 5, 2019 6:00 am

Fiji’s final participation at the Executive Board of the World Health Organization meeting in Geneva, Switzerland has ended on a high note.

There have been notable interventions and effective deliberations in the last 8 days.

Fiji lobbied strongly to effectively maintain SIDS voice at this global platform in the presence of the 34 member countries governing body and hundreds of observers.

Health Minister, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says Fiji has managed to achieve its strategic priorities being a member of the Executive Board and finishing on a remarkable note.

The Minister adding that Fiji is no longer at the periphery and are more involved in maintaining a footprint in the global Agenda.

Dr. Waqainabete adding that the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has taken the lead on SDG 14 where Fiji with Sweden presided over the first ever UN Oceans Conference in 2016, Fiji took the lead on SD13 on Climate Action in 2018 as President of COP23 and continues to maintain that through advocacy and partnership to achieve SDG 3 on Health.

As a key outcome of the meeting Fiji is looking at co-sponsoring a few resolutions namely the antimicrobial, patient safety, elimination of cervical cancer and health and climate change.

With this co-sponsoring of resolutions, it provides the platform for the Ministry of Health to partner with the global community to enhance capacity building and to strengthen health resilience.