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New policy launched to improve health of children

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary, Dr. Meciusela Tuicakau yesterday launched the new Integrated Management Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) policy to improve the health of children, especially for those under the age of five. The IMCI Guidelines by WHO & UNICEF propose a holistic approach to the management of sick children. It requires […]

DEPTFO

May 10, 2016 8:34 am

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary, Dr. Meciusela Tuicakau yesterday launched the new Integrated Management Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) policy to improve the health of children, especially for those under the age of five.

Medical Suprintendant CWM Hospital Dr Jemesa Tudravu, WHO representative Dr Madeline Salva, Permanent Secretary for Health Dr Meciusela Tuicakau and Dr Lisi Tikoduadua of CWM Hospital at the event. (DEPFTO)
Medical Superintendent CWM Hospital Dr Jemesa Tudravu, WHO representative Dr Madeline Salva, Permanent Secretary for Health Dr Meciusela Tuicakau and Dr Lisi Tikoduadua of CWM Hospital at the event. (DEPFTO)

The IMCI Guidelines by WHO & UNICEF propose a holistic approach to the management of sick children. It requires a health system to have well-trained staff, who can assess & manage sick children under 5 years of age, also providing necessary medication and basic equipment.

While launching the policy, Dr. Tuicakau commended the health staff for developing the policy after piloting the program in the Rewa, Serua and Suva health subdivisions over the past 10 years.

TUICAKAU: “Today marks another chapter in this journey as we search for avenues to assist us in improving the health standards of our population, especially children.”

Dr. Tuicakau added that the success of IMCI will depend on the continued up-skilling of health professionals at all levels, for a healthy population at every age.

TUICAKAU: “I am sure today will be a memorable milestone for some officers who have been with the program since its inception.”

The Health Ministry is grateful to its developing partners such as WHO and UNICEF for providing the much-needed assistance to developing such policies.

Meanwhile, medical staff from various health facilities around Fiji will be undergoing a 5-day training Workshop to enhance their skills for a thorough and efficient implementation of the program.

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