Interns presentations from Jenni and Isaac.
Below are the links to the presentations from Jenni Palo and Isaac Singh the Trainee Interns who have just completed a two week work experience at VSHC. This is followed by a short article sharing their thoughts about the experience. Jenni - RH rights.pdf Isaac - STEPs.pdf As our time here at Viseisei Sai Health Centre draws to a close, we are left to reflect on the past two weeks that we have spent here with a sense of newfound maturity and some measures of sadness that our time… Read more >>
Size matters when it comes to food
By - Lauren Houston, Volunteer Nutritionist. The increase in portion sizes is a major contributor to why more and more Itaukei and Fijians of Indian decent are loosing the battle with obesity and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. From the latest national STEPs survey (2011) the prevalence of obesity has risen by 8.5% since 2002, with 32.1% of Fijian adults now classified as obese. This is also evident in that Fijians are also getting wider as the average waist circumference of males has risen by 4cm and females 5.2cm. The… Read more >>
Backyard Gardening Project at VSHC
Since VSHC was established in 2011, the founders and the staff have worked to create vibrant gardens and a food forest. These gardens are now producing an abundance of fruit and vegetables, providing fresh produce for the team at VSHC. Fresh produce from the garden Lachman and Sukhu (Gardeners) One of the activities of the non-communicable disease intervention project is to promote backyard gardening. Growing fruit and vegetables is an important activity for health as it is a form of physical activity and encourages people to eat fresh produce. Gardening… Read more >>
Tobacco Smoking and Viseisei Village
As part of the NCD intervention in Veseisei Village, the Trainee Interns (Tis) on their public health attachment from FNU started an initiative to combat this issue of smoking tobacco. A meeting with the assistant Turaga ni Koro was arranged to discuss the idea of declaring Veseisei village a Tobacco Free village. An informal meeting took place with the Turaga ni koro to discuss the issue, and a meeting and presentation was arranged with the the Turaga ni Koro and his assistant. On Thursday the 18th of June the TIs… Read more >>
Trainee Intern Presentations.
Three Trainee Interns (TI's) completed 3 weeks training at VSHC on May 15th. At the completion of their training they each gave a presentation, which can be viewed below. OTTAWA-CHARTER IN ACTION presentation NCD presentation VSHC presentation The final year training doctors (MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery- Fiji National University) Akesa, Adi Lagi and Rehasaf of Ba Mission Hospital at the end of their 3 weeks attachment. On the far right is Dr Finau Dansey ( TI Supervisor). Read more >>
PEN Workshop Report
VSHC INVITED TO ATTEND AND PRESENT AT PEN WORKSHOP IN THE WEST. PEN is a Package of Essential NCD risk reduction strategy. This is a WHO tool for use in low resource settings to classify NCD patient's risk of developing complications. So high risk patients get more visits, time and effort. Venue: Western Health Conference Room Date: 17th – 18th December 2014 This workshop gave VSHC an opportunity to share its experience in piloting the PEN tool for the MOH and WHO. The experience at VSHC has demonstrated that the… Read more >>
Visit from Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Former Vice President of Fiji visits VSHC. - Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi The centre was privileged to host the RokoTui Bau, former Vice President of Fiji, Lord Tagatatoga of the Kingdom of Tonga and currently the Chief Justice of Nauru. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi is the son of Ratu Dr. Joni Antonio Rabici Doviverata who is the younger brother of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna. His mother is Adi Losalini Raravuya Uluiviti from Natauloa in Nairai. His visit is historic to the centre since the last family member of his to set foot… Read more >>
Working with the Community.
VSHC has come a long way in learning to work with the community. Most recently we had a meeting with the Chairman of the Ba Provincial Council and the Roko Tui Ba. Fiji is divided into 14 provinces for iTaukei administrative purposes. The Province of Ba is the largest and we from Vuda are part of it. The purpose of our meeting was to acquaint the provincial leadership of the NCD health crisis. The meeting was a success and a week later we met with the Council advisory board. The… Read more >>
Viseisei Primary School Visit
VISEISEI PRIMARY SCHOOL VISIT ON “PERSONAL HYGIENE AWARENESS” Dr Kris Naidu and Sister Diaskisi Daivalu of Viseisei Sai Health Centre visited Viseisei Primary School on the 25th of July, 2014. They spoke to the students and teachers on the importance of educating children on good hygiene and the principles of correct hygiene at an early age. Some key areas of personal hygiene that they spoke of to the children were: Oral Hygiene Hand Washing Fungal Infections Nail Care Hair Care Food Hygiene Body Odour Bathing With a clean body,… Read more >>
NCD Team Home Gardening project.
HOME GARDENING FOR WELLNESS A project of Viseisei Sai Health Centre funded by the Wellness Unit of the Ministry of Health Healthy nutrition and physical activity are both important strategies in promoting Wellness. Viseisei Sai Health Centre (VSHC) was successful in receiving a grant from the Ministry of Health to promote home gardening in the Viseisei Health Zone. The project commenced on 15th May, 2014. The project involves a team going out into the community and identifying a host family who are prepared to participate in this pilot project.… Read more >>