Dr. Liu Yunguo (right), the World Health Organization Representative to the South Pacific, Director of Pacific Technical Support presenting his credentials to (left) Mr. Amena Yauvoli. Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
20 March, 2014 – Dr. Liu Yunguo, the World Health Organization Representative (WHO) to the South Pacific, Director of Pacific Technical Support presented his credentials to the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Liu Yunguo assumed his role as the WHO Representative to the South Pacific, Director of Pacific Technical Support based in Suva. He is responsible for coordination of WHO support to 21 Pacific Island countries and territories.
In his presentation speech, Dr. Liu Yunguo, passed along the greetings and good wishes of the WHO Regional Director, Dr Shin Young-soo, to the people of Fiji and the Pacific.
“I’m very pleased with the cooperation between WHO and the Government of Fiji. WHO has supported the Ministry of Health in the past 20 years. We will continue to support the Ministry of Health across a range of health issues, including controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCD), the continued development of the Fiji health system and the fight against the current dengue outbreak in Fiji” said Dr. Liu.
Dr. Liu brings with him a range of experience within WHO. He was WHO Representative to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from May 2011 to February 2014. Prior to this, Dr Liu was Medical Officer and Team Leader for Maternal and Child Health in Lao People’s Democratic Republic from January 2010, and Regional Advisor for Reproductive Health at WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office from April 2008.
The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Amena Yauvoli in welcoming Dr. Liu, said that he looked forward to further collaboration with WHO particularly on reducing the NCD crisis and also on other health issues.