The Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar met with her Tuvaluan counterpart Satini Manuella and his team who are currently in Fiji to look at new areas of collaboration particularly in the development of the health sector.
The meeting took place at the ministry’s headquarters in Suva yesterday.
In receiving the Tuvaluan delegation on behalf of the Fijian Government, the Minister Akbar expressed Fiji’s desire to work closely with the Tuvaluan Health Ministry in areas of skill exchange programmes, training of medical professionals and sharing of health expertise.
During the meeting, Minister Manuella commended Fiji’s nurses who are serving in Tuvalu as per the health exchange programme.
“We are really appreciative of the work of the Fiji nurses for the delivery of the health services for our people back home,” Minister Manuella said.
“And I am very pleased with their level of competency and commitment and there are plans to engage more health professionals from Fiji.
“We are also very pleased to meet with Fiji’s Minister for Health today to look at the way forward to strengthen our collaboration in the health services.
“One of them is to look at the attachment of our professionals in your ministry or in the hospitals here.
“We are also going to explore the areas of training of our medical students and also if they can pursue their medical studies here in Fiji.”
In response, Minister Akbar has assured Fiji’s continued partnership and keen desire to work with the Tuvaluan Health Ministry to look at greater partnership and support for the development of the health services in both the nations.
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