Medical officers visit northern maritime islands

Assistant Health and Medical Services Minister Alexander O'Connor with medical staff in the North. Picture: SUPPLIED

VILLAGERS in Fiji’s maritime islands will have the opportunity to access free health screenings, dental extractions and medical advice this week.
A team of medical officers from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services are visiting communities and villages on Yadua Island in Bua; Kioa, Rabi, Qamea and Savusavu in Cakaudrove; and Cikobia and Udu in Macuata.
The team is led by Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alexander O’Connor.
The team of medical staff will inspect health centres and nursing stations in those maritime islands and look at areas of improvement in relation to resource development.
A Government statement issued yesterday stated that there would also be an inspection of medicines by the Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services (FPBS) team.
The statement said that the visit would also include awareness sessions conducted on Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) and public awareness programs relative to the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), and advocacy on women’s and children’s health along with the prevention of communicable diseases.
The team left for Denumanu Village on Yadua Island on Monday early this week after completing a week-long tour to the health facilities in the Northern Division last week.
The team is expected to return to Suva on Friday.

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