1. FIJIAN PRIME MINISTER EXTENDS CONGRATULATIONS TO VANUATU – PRIME Minister Josaia Bainimarama has extended his warmest congratulations to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu as the nation celebrates its 33 years of independence.
2. LOMAIVITI SCHOOL HEADS MEET – The Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal has called on teachers in the Lomaiviti Group to be more tuned into the needs of students.
3. NEW CENTRE TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR LOCAL HEALTH WORKERS – The launch of a tele-medicine centre this week will boost the expertise and skills of health professionals and those aspiring to become medical professionals.
1 FIJIAN PRIME MINISTER EXTENDS CONGRATULATIONS TO VANUATU
PRIME Minister Josaia Bainimarama has extended his warmest congratulations to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu as the nation celebrates its 33 years of independence.
Prime Minister Bainimarama sent a congratulatory note to Vanuatu Prime Minister, Mr Moana Carcasses Kalosil as the nation celebrated its independence anniversary this week (July 30).
The head of Fijian Government said that the people of Vanuatu have solid surety that the “prevailing goodwill and sincerity at all levels” will be further flourish through the strengthening of partnerships such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
“The island nations of Fiji and Vanuatu have over many decades mutually enjoyed the warm reciprocity amongst Pacific colleagues,” the Prime Minister said in the note.
“These relations have been strengthened even more through our kinship bonding through the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and are being enjoyed by our populations through people-to-people networking and mutually beneficial interactions.”
The Prime Minister said Fiji looks forward to the promises that continuing dialogue and engagement will deliver.
Vanuatu was colonised by France and United Kingdom that ruled parts of the country in 1880 but in 1906 agreed to jointly manage the country as the New Hebrides.
It became the Republic of Vanuatu in 1980 when it attained independence.
2 LOMAIVITI SCHOOL HEADS MEET
The Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal has called on teachers in the Lomaiviti Group to be more tuned into the needs of students.
Opening a workshop designed to boost the role of teachers in Lomaiviti, Dr Lal said that teachers play a vital role for students in the eastern group and all decisions made should always be in the interest of these students.
Speaking to participants which included principals and head teachers, Dr Lal highlighted that teachers will need to be versed with Government’s objectives as well as the objectives of the individual schools.
“To be an effective leader you need to be a self-discipline person. A self discipline person is one who is punctual to classes setting an example for other teachers to emulate,” remarked Dr. Lal.
“The aims and targets of the school should be clear to you as a leader and means towards achieving and fulfilling it. This will set the right platform that will steer your schools to greater heights,” added the Permanent Secretary.
“You need to be consistent and systematic in your approach and get your teachers in the right frame. Understand your teacher’s strengths and weaknesses then guide and coach them to produce and perform to your level of expectation that will bring forth the targeted outcome for the school,” urged Dr. Lal.
The workshop was conducted by the Ministry of Education’s Eastern Education office in its effort to train leaders in their schools to be thoroughly equipped in their capacity as administrators. The workshop was attended by 16 school leaders.
3 NEW CENTRE TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR LOCAL HEALTH WORKERS
The launch of a tele-medicine centre this week will boost the expertise and skills of health professionals and those aspiring to become medical professionals.
Tele-medicine allows medical personnel to use telecommunications and other forms of information technologies to provide medical assistance or clinical advice.
While officially launching the tele-medicine centre at the Fiji National University which is a joint partnership between the university and the Apollo Group of Hospitals of India, the Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said that this development will boost the skills of Fiji’s medical professionals.
“This will develop the training skills for graduates, undergraduates and those that aspire to pursue their careers in the medical field,” Dr Sharma said.
“We have progressed in Fiji; we have access to computerised tomography scans and improved laboratory services where we can make adequate results. One of the areas that we are lacking is the up-skilling of our manpower and this is one which will help improve the services to the people,” Dr Sharma said.
Dr Sharma said through the tele-medicine centre, patients will be able to liaise with the doctors from the Apollo Cancer Institute in India via medical teleconference centre and get advice as to how they can treat their disease.
The Minister commended the work by the Fiji National University in enabling the Apollo Group to provide such services to Fiji.
Apollo Cancer Institute of India senior consultant, Dr Kaushik Bhattacharya said this service is for any disease that requires lengthy treatment including cancer.
“Medical professionals will able to perform surgeries instead of travelling for miles to access these services,” Dr Bhattacharya said.
Dr Bhattacharya mentioned that this initiative will greatly boost the health fraternity in up-skilling workers to be able to provide better services.