Lautoka wins best public health services award

Lautoka City Council’s Health Inspector Salote Puamau (left) with Acting Director Health Rouhit Singh and Senior Health Inspector Shalend Singh with the Most Outstanding Municipal Council 2019 Award. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Lautoka City Council (LCC) has been recognised as the best municipality in Fiji to implement environment and public health services in 2019.

The award was given by the Fiji Institute of Environmental Health.

LCC chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said the council staff members worked all year round to ensure Lautoka’s public health system met national standards.

“We are especially thankful to our public health services staff for their hard work which enabled them to get this recognition,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

“A lot of this is about working together and improving the standards of our eateries, our supermarkets and every business that we have within our boundaries.”

Earlier this year, the council held several public consultations with local eateries in a bid to improve the public health services within the city boundaries.

Fiji Institute of Environmental Health vice-president Rouhit Singh said some of the criteria for selection were effective restaurant grading, consistent monthly larval surveillance, consistent reporting to respective authorities, especially the Ministry of Health, and effective legal enforcement.

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