Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma at the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva this week.
Advancements in health technology, health care, improved health service delivery, and Fiji’s continued engagement in the international arena of medicine to provide the best possible medical care for the country has paid dividends with the appointment of the Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma as the new vice chair of the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Dr Sharma was nominated ahead of many other Asian and Pacific countries for the position of Vice Chairperson of the World Health Assembly (WHA) and has now been selected to represent the Western Pacific Regional Office.
This position has been granted in recognition of Dr Sharma’s international standing for diligence and vision in healthcare.
Meanwhile, progress of developments and strengthened health processes established at different levels of the Ministry, has placed Fiji in a comfortable bargaining position for the Western Pacific Region in its new position as the Vice Chair of the organisation.
Fiji as a developing country has yet again achieved the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, in terms of addressing and reducing child mortality and improving maternal health to name a few.
A lot of hard work has transpired over the past five years, not only on major health reforms but also in the development of health policies, medical infrastructure, medical equipment and technology and human resource.
As part of the meetings in Geneva, Dr Sharma chaired a session where discussions on climate change, health impacts, communicable diseases (CD) and non-communicable diseases were on the agenda.