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'Green health care facilities'

Shayal Devi
Thursday, February 08, 2018

THE Health Ministry is working towards the adoption of the 'green health care facilities' concept in the country, says Health Minister Rosy Akbar.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union media summit in Nadi this week, she said the proposal for Fiji's first 'green HCF' was with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for funding.

"If approved, the town of Nadi will be the home of our first 'green health care facility'," she said.

"Moreover, health co-benefits from reduction of fossil fuel use in cooking and incineration within our health sector and other sectors can address pollution problems that cause respiratory and skin allergies.

"Promoting wellness through physical activity (walking, running) and healthy eating leads to reduction of dependency on motor vehicles and fast foods, this impacts on carbon emission and increases healthiness and supports the quality of life that we aim for our citizens."

She said the ministry was aware of the current and future health vulnerabilities because of climate change. "For example, the risk of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue in Fiji are expected to increase under both high and low emissions scenarios. Therefore, our ministry is collaborating with the World Health Organization and United Nations Development Programme and other partners to finalise the climate-based early warning system for effective and timely response to the reports of such climate sensitive diseases and health outcomes."

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