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Media Release

Pacific Island countries show interest in purchasing bulk medical supplies from Fiji

Left - First Secretary to the South Pacific Mr. Daniel Johnson Deputy High Commissioner for Tuvalu H.E. Avafoa Irata High Commissioner for Nauru H.E. Jarden Kephas High Commissioner for Kiribati H.E. Reteta Mikua

May 22, 2013: Officials representing Pacific island countries have expressed interest in purchasing bulk quantities of pharmaceutical medical items from Fiji.

Government officials from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu visited the Fiji Pharmaceutical Services and Biomedical Services in Vatuwaqa today to look at operations at the centre and look at ways of strengthening inter-regional cooperation through the health sector.

Fiji’s Acting Chief Pharmacist Apolosi Vosanibola said the visit is expected to enhance co-operation between Pacific Island countries and for them  to look into the prospects of purchasing quality medical supplies that will assist them in providing better health care services to the public.

“We provide bulk purchase supplies to private and public sectors and we also ensure that we procure quality medication for all Fijians,” Mr Vosanibola said.

“We are also want to create choices for these countries to consider purchasing bulk supplies from Fiji at lower costs and provide training for their personnel in the areas of pharmaceutical services instead of going abroad,” he said.

Some of the products that Fiji can provide to Pacific Island Countries include dental materials, clinical products, medications and biomedical equipment.

Deputy High Commissioner for Tuvalu to Fiji H.E. Avafoa Irata said the provision of training personnel in Fiji would save costs for his country.

“We normally send our health personals for training overseas however with the opportunities being offered in Fiji, will definitely save costs,” H.E. Avafoa Irata said.

Meanwhile, the Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji H.E. Reteta Mikuata Rimon pointed out that most countries in the Pacific are being used as dumping sites for second hand materials. 

Mr Vosanibola highlighted that inorder to ensure the highest quality of medicine is received in Fiji, the World Health Organisations carries out its own tests while local technicians send samples to both Australia and New Zealand.

The teams also toured the Fiji Pharmaceutical Services station and were briefed on the various operations on storage of medical supplies.

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