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Minister welcomes jobs

Nasik Swami
Sunday, January 27, 2013

HEALTH Minister Doctor Neil Sharma has welcomed the move by government to arrange employment for Fijian health professionals wishing to work in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr Sharma said he was adamant that those officials who decided to gain exposure overseas would eventually qualify with the experience and training they attained while in Fiji.

He said it was important to expose medical personnel to foreign-based employment and stressed its value to Fiji's economy.

"This opportunity will ensure the good flow of remittance into the country and is added value for their families," Dr Sharma said.

Earlier this week, Labour Minister Jone Usamate revealed that the newly-commissioned Foreign Employment Service (FORES) of the ministry's National Employment Centre (NEC) was working with relevant agencies to secure and process employment opportunities.

The first three employment markets that are targeted in the UAE include security, tourism and health care sectors.

And with Fiji facing a lack of certain health professionals in the past, Dr Sharma said the ministry was undergoing reforms and restructure to accommodate current changes and strengthen the health care system.

"We have a good supply of nurses and dentists and we are hopeful that this regional program will eventually take off and assist our neighbours," he said.

The minister said this year 35 new doctors joined the ministry with 54 nurses also coming on board and with 200 more expected to join in March.


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