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Minister of health in Fiji Neil Sharma

The Ministry of Health has made a startling revelation at the Fiji Food Summit today saying that 60 percent of Fiji's population are overweight. The Minister for Health Doctor Neil Sharma also revealed Fiji is the fourth ranked obese nation in the Pacific.

NCD arise as a lifestyle imbalance of what we consume and that which we expend. Nutritional imbalances resulting from not eating local produce to canned, processed food contribute to the equation especially in these times of global economic crisis.

He says that only 16 percent of the population live beyond 50 years as non communicable diseases and cancers take their toll on our health. At the other end of the spectrum, a significant number of people are deficient in iron and micro nutrients.

On this the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, when he opened the Summit this morning says luxury living is the cause of all this and this is costing the country a lot of money. This must change. Food is not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Health alone. We must all contribute. Imagine the economic costs this puts on our health care system.

The World Health Organisation director Doctor Ken Chen says Pacific islanders have changed their diets in the last 100 years where flour has replaced root crops as main staple food. Dietary changes through increased food imports in the Pacific was noted as early as 1975 with the rise of nutrition problems not apparent before globalization. The Food Summit is a Ministry of Health initiative aimed at formulating ways to encourage healthy living in Fiji.
Neil Sharma minister of health in Fiji
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the following:
Medical services including drug and other supplies, associated with patient care in urgan hospitals and health centres, Subdivisional hospitals, Rural Medical and Nursing Stations;

Research confined to virus control, vector control, filariasis control and surveillance of AIDS;

Public Health targeted at Maternal/Child Health, Communicable Disease Prevention, Family Planning, Pollution Control and Rural Health Sefices;

Health Education and Training through FSM and FSN;

Operation of three Nursing Homes (Old Peoples Home) at Suva, Lautoka and Labasa;

In the years ahead, the Ministry of Health will pursue health priorities to include the following:

  • Workforce planning, training and development
  • Health education and information
  • Health Management and Reform
  • Cost recovery and health insurance
  • Donor co-ordination
  • Equipment for sub-divisional hospitals and health centres
  • Health Education/Health Promotion development project
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Maintenance of the new Paediatric Hospital, CWMH
  • Construction and maintenance of the new Nadi Hospital extension
  • Continuation of the Taveuni Rural & Community Health Project
  • Major Upgrading of Health Centres in Western, Northern and Central/Eastern Division.
  • Construction of the new Vunidawa Hospital, Naitasiri
  • Masterplan and Design for Labasa, Ba and Nasinu Hospital
  • Upgrading of major (Divisional and Specialist) Hospitals
  • Upgrading of Health Information System.

For more information, please visit website - www.health.gov.fj

Minister for Health: Dr Neil Sharma

Permanent Secretary: Dr Salanieta Saketa

Office Location:
3rd Floor Dinem House, 88 Amy Street, Suva.

Postal Address:
PO Box 2223, Government Buildings, Suva, Fiji.

Phone: (679) 3306177 (679) 3306177
Fax: (679) 3306163
Email: info@health.gov.fj

Dr Jona Baravilala Senilagakali former minister of health in Fiji January 2007 - January 2008

Dr Jona Baravilala Senilagakali is a medical doctor and former diplomat who was installed as the seventh Prime Minister of Fiji by Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama in the military coup of December 5, 2006.He resigned as Prime Minister on 5 January 2007, but on 8 January he was appointed interim Minister for Health. He lost that position during a Cabinet reshuffle on January 4, 2008.

Senilagakali was educated at Lau Provincial School and subsequently at Queen Victoria School on the main island of Viti Levu, where he studied from 1945 to 1950, when he enrolled in the Fiji School of Medicine. After graduating in 1954, he was employed in the health service from 1954 to 1963, serving such diverse locations as Lautoka and Levuka. In 1964, he took time out to study orthopedic surgery in Melbourne, Australia, and at the Vellore Christian Medical College Hospital in India.[3]

On his return to Fiji in 1968, he was employed as a consultant surgeon at Labasa hospital, before becoming a lecturer at his alma mater in 1970, a position he held for three years. From 1974 to 1978 he served as Director of Medical Services, and from 1978 to 1981 as Permanent Secretary for Health. He was President of the Fiji Medical Association from 1970 to 1974 and from 2005 to the present. He was also the "public member" of the disciplinary committee of the Fiji Law Society from 1998 to 2006.[4]

Senilagakali is considered by some to be the best known and respected medical practitioner in the nation, having previously been the president of the Fiji Medical Association, before becoming the medical doctor to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.
[edit] Diplomatic career and public service

From 1981 to 1983, Senilagakali served as a counsellor for the Fijian Embassy to Tokyo before becoming Consul General to Los Angeles, a position he held until 1985.[5] After a brief stint as a roving ambassador to Pacific Islands Forum countries, he became Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office in 1986. His last office in the public service was as Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to which he was appointed in 1987.

map of Fiji

Fiji is divided into Four Major Divisions:

* Central
* Eastern
* Northern
* Western

These divisions are further divided into 14 provinces:

* Ba
* Bua
* Cakaudrove
* Kadavu
* Lau
* Lomaiviti
* Macuata
* Nadroga-Navosa
* Naitasiri
* Namosi
* Ra
* Rewa
* Serua
* Tailevu

Last updated: 17 July 2010
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