Minister on Fiji’s health system – None ‘in the world without fault’

Health minister Iferemi Waqainabete is interviewed by the media at the UNICEEF WASH Donation in Suva, on Wed 02 Feb 2022. Picture: JONA KONATACI

As people voiced their opinions on social media platforms about Fiji’s health system, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has reiterated that no system in the world is without fault.

“The whole world has had a one of a kind pandemic and with the challenges that we face not only in the health system supply chains, but also the economic challenges, we’ve done remarkably well,” he said.

“We need to ensure that we keep on lifting our game and that’s something that we make very clear that we need to keep on checking the system run, and often we are happy to receive those criticisms because we look at thematic issues and how we can deal with it systematically.

“Our goal is to keep on ensuring that we leave no one behind and we keep on reaching the unreached, whether they are here in the Lami-Nausori corridor, or out in the maritime and rural areas.”

He said medical staff members have come through a challenging time and the ministry was dealing with both systematic, disciplinary issues along with COVID-19 and vaccination coverage.

“On top of that, we have to deal with the normal health challenges that are current, for example the non-communicable diseases.

“We now started with our venture into working with the private sector and we will be outsourcing some of the other services so that we can have a whole array and layers in place to be able to look after all Fijians.”

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