End TB, leave no one behind, Davies says
Let’s end TB and leave no one behind. That’s the challenge Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Philip Davis, put forward yesterday to participants of the 8th Tuberculosis Control Meeting for the Pacific Islands at the Sofitel Resort and Spa, Denarau.
He said: “We cannot deny the reality which lies before us - TB is again becoming a global emergency.
“As Pacific Islanders (including Fijians), we have many similarities which binds us; histories, our reliance on the ocean, rich cultures and above all, our love for sports among other things. “We face the same threats, climate change, vulnerability to natural disasters, and disease burdens.”
Mr Davis believes the three-day event would be fruitful for all those taking part by taking back practical solutions. To successfully address TB, Mr Davies said: “We should also take bold steps to address the determinants of health which govern our susceptibility to acquire this disease.
“This calls for multi-sectorial involvement. This calls for active participation of Government, the private sector as well as the community.
“Issues such as safe and affordable housing, food security, universal access to health care, social protection and the reduction of catastrophic costs to patients will need to be consistently addressed in any play to eradicate TB.