ABOUT 1000 volunteers from the Central Division attended a two-day mass drug administration training at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital last week. The volunteers will be visiting communities in the division, registering household members and distributing filariasis tablets. In the government's bid to completely eradicate filariasis from the communities, the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the World Health Organization, has recruited volunteers for the Fiji Filiarisis Free weekend starting on Friday.
MEN and women should work in partnership to help build peace and security in the Pacific region and in their own countries. These were the words of the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna, during the launch of the Pacific regional action plan on women, peace and security last week. Mr Puna said it was equally important to involve women in the decision making process and especially in peace building and other matters relating to peace and security.
THE Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has been inducted as a full member of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH). College Dean Professor Ian Rouse said for FNU to be accepted into a prestigious organisation that includes nearly 70 key universities in the Asia-Pacific Region was a significant moment for public health. "There is no doubt that public health and primary care will play a key role in helping to address the health problems of Fiji and the region and it is exciting that the long-standing interest and expertise in these disciplines at the Fiji National University has been recognised by this important organisation," he said.
Got Talent show
TWELVE finalists will be part of the University of the South Pacific's Got Talent show on Thursday. The talent show, which is being staged for the third time, will see students of USP showcase their talents for the public. USP Students Association social chairman Nicholas Manuel said the event was put together by the university's social committee that believes in students needing an avenue to share and express themselves through their talents.