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Torika Chandra
Friday, August 22, 2014

WHEN Izad Ali heard on television about the health services provided at the Ministry of Health's wellness tent at the 2014 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival at Albert Park, he knew it was an opportunity he could not pass up.

Mr Ali took his children Shagufta, 20, Zia, 18, nine-year-old Adam and five-year-old Zainab Zakrin to the wellness tent yesterday to take advantage of the health services provided.

"It beats waiting in line at the hospitals and health centres, that's one of the reasons we came," Mr Ali said.

"And it was also good to have everything under one roof."

Ministry of Health media officer Evlyn Mani said the wellness tent offered a wide range of health services.

There were awareness booths on environmental health and climate change, tobacco, non-communicable disease and tuberculosis.

"We also are giving out contraceptives, have a HIV booth for information and testing, screening for body mass index (BMI), blood, sugar and blood pressure.

"Following those screenings, people are given consultation on nutrition and physical activities they can do," she said.

"We also have eye checks and oral health checks.

"Everyone who visits, if they have gone through all our booths, receive a gift pack which includes a skipping rope, wrist bands, pens, stickers and many more."

Meanwhile, government and non-governmental organisations are providing services at the mother of all festivals.

Notable booths and tents include the Elections Office, FRCA where people can apply for their Joint ID Card and TIN Numbers, Sky Pacific, Land Transport Authority, Fiji Corrections Service, BSP, TFL and the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

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