THE Health Ministry is looking to decentralise its services, says minister, Dr Neil Sharma.
Dr Sharma says enhancing the knowledge and skills of all medical workers is a must and one of the key areas is upgrading the services in the rural areas.
"We are now encouraging our staff to work with the community, and to make sure that the outreach we carry out from that facility is enhanced," Dr Sharma said.
"So if there is a group that needs screening for diabetes or cancer, we don't have to get a team from Suva to go and do screening tests for the people in Labasa or Koro.
"We are trying to see that our own staff from medical stations closest to these people can go and conduct the tests without heavily relying on the medical people in the urban centres."
Dr Sharma said members of the public should remind themselves that "health is everybody's business and not just the ministry's business".
"We are all born with good health. However, we misuse God's gift to us which is good health and we have to run around spending a lot of money trying to get back that good health," he said.
"So why don't we start from the beginning to eat right, exercise properly and ensure that you maintain your health."