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Fiji: WHO lends helping hand

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The Ministry of Health today received monetary assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO) for health rehabilitation works in the Cyclone Ami affected areas in the Northern and Eastern divisions of Fiji.
Health Minister Solomone Naivalu received a cheque of US$5000 (F$10,300) from WHO Representative of the South Pacific, Dr Shichuo Li in Suva today.

While thanking WHO for the generous assistance, Mr Naivalu said the money will be used for local costs incurred by the Ministry in the form of extra personnel allowances.

The assistance is from WHO's regional development fund.

Mr. Naivalu said WHO's assistance is not new for Government particularly when the Ministry of Health has been dependent on WHO for the provision of technical assistance over the past years.

Fiji and WHO have a biennial agreement of US$1.2 million.

Dr Li told Mr Naivalu that WHO had noted with concern the extensive damage sustained by the Northern and Eastern divisions. He assured Mr Naivalu of the possibility of WHO giving further technical assistance for the Cyclone Ami health rehabilitation process.