New initiative to further improve surgical services in Fiji – FBC News

[Source: Frank Bainimarama / Twitter]

Fiji has launched its first-ever surgical, obstetric, trauma and anesthesia care for low- and middle-income countries, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has said.

The launch took place on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in May with like-minded surgical specialists from our partner countries.

Speaking at the Sustainable Surgical Systems and Planetary Health event at the Harvard Club in New York, Bainimarama stresses that this will pave the way for improved surgical care and general health services in Fiji.

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“Its 11 best practice strategies were developed through a review of 40,000 literature and surgery cases in low- and middle-income countries and its goal is to save lives through more universal access to surgery and other advanced medical treatments, a mission that Fijian doctors and nurses live and breathe.

Bainimarama has previously said that improving access to surgeries that can save lives and improve the quality of life for Fijians is one of the most important things we can do in our healthcare system.

He said he needed to develop a national plan for obstetric surgery and anesthesia for Fiji, born out of global recognition that there is a huge unmet need for surgical care around the world.

At the event, the Prime Minister also told delegates that Fiji’s healthcare network extends to some of the most remote rural and maritime areas through the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team. .

The team provides medical care, including surgery, aboard the MV Veivueti.

Christine E. Phillips