Akbar notes need for competent surgeons in the Pacific

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

FIJI’S Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar reiterated the need for all stakeholders to work closely together to ensure that there were adequate highly trained and specialised surgeons in the region.

Ms Akbar made the comment while opening the General Surgeons Australia (CSA) and the Pacific Islands Surgeons Organization (PISA) combined scientific conference in Nadi.

“It is critically important to have trained and competent surgeons working in the Pacific. The qualified surgeon is the critical pivot around which surgical service can be developed and enhanced,” Mrs Akbar was quoted saying in a Government statement issued today.

She highlighted the need for international partners such as CSA to work closely with experts in the region to also help combat non- communicable diseases.

The 2018 combined conference has representations from many countries, including delegates from Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, United Kingdom and Vanuatu.

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