Health Minister encourages community health workers to continue serving the people

Health and Medical Services Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at Dawasamu in Tailevu. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has acknowledged the services of the community health workers in Dawasamu, Tailevu, and encouraged them to continue their hard work in serving the people.

Dr Waqainabete met the health workers while visiting the health facilities in the Korovou health sub-division.

He said community health workers were not doctors and nurses but they were advocates of wellness of the people and that formed the partnership between the various bodies in the health fraternity.

“Partnership in delivering healthcare remains paramount. Addressing the social determinants of health, wealth and prosperity results in living life in productive ways,” Dr Waqainabete was quoted as saying in a Government.

The community health workers are now paid an allowance of $200 a month for rendering their valuable services.

Dr Waqainabete visited Driti Village to present his ‘i sevusevu’ to the vanua, and discussed with villagers matters of concerns pertaining to health that would need the partnership of the vanua.

He also noted the vision of going back to old school public health as the strategy of addressing primary healthcare today.

“This is possible and will need the immediate partnership of the people and the vanua to make it happen,” Dr Waqainabete said.

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