Dr Fong Ready For Chal­lenges of Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Role

Fiji Sun - - NATION - INOKE RABONU Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Dr James Fong al­ready has plans set for his role as the newly ap­pointed Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices. “It is a bless­ing and hon­our to take on the top job,” Dr Fong said.

“It’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge, but I’m adamant to bring in ideas that will al­low the Min­istry and its func­tions to work bet­ter. Easy ac­cess to ser­vice will be my pri­or­ity, what I will work on is try­ing to get our ser­vices more ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple and at the same time re­duc­ing the crowd­ing in our fa­cil­i­ties.

“That in sim­plis­tic terms is the kind of di­rec­tion me and my min­is­ter and some of our se­nior con­sul­tants have con­sid­ered as a pri­or­ity mov­ing for­ward.”

He said with his ex­pe­ri­ences he plans on strength­en­ing ini­tia­tives within the min­istry. He also hopes to de­liver and strengthen the health care sys­tem dur­ing his term.

Easy ac­cess to ser­vice will be my pri­or­ity, what I will work on is try­ing to get our ser­vices more ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple an­dat the same time re­duc­ing the crowd­ing in our fa­cil­i­ties. Dr James Fong Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices

Back­ground

Dr Fong orig­i­nally hails from Nabubu Vil­lage in the Na­muka District, in Vanua Levu. He was a for­mer stu­dent of Xavier Col­lege in Ba.

Prior to grad­u­at­ing with a Masters of Medicine Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy in 1989, Dr Fong grad­u­ated from the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity, School of Med­i­cal and Nurs­ing Sci­ences with a Bach­e­lor of Medicine, Bach­e­lor of Surgery (MBBS). He later on be­came Head of Depart­ment of the Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy Unit at Suva’s Colo­nial War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

He has over three decades of ex­pe­ri­ence as a lo­cally renowned ob­ste­tri­cian gy­nae­col­o­gist.

Prior to his ap­point­ment, Dr Fong was the Gen­eral Man­ager of the COVID-19 In­ci­dent Man­age­ment Team that over­looked the min­istry’s af­fairs in deal­ing with the COVID-19 pan­demic in the coun­try. He pro­vided ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions to the cabi­net.

De­scribed by other health pro­fes­sion­als as a leader, full of hu­mil­ity and pas­sion, Dr Fong started his med­i­cal ca­reer at the min­istry 31 years ago. Through the years he moved up the ranks.

Other roles he had taken up in­clude:

Head of Na­tional Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy Clin­i­cal Ser­vice Net­work for Fiji Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Sci­ences, Ex­ec­u­tive Fiji Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Mem­ber Fiji Med­i­cal Coun­cil (FMC) and Chair­man Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for MOHMS Over­seas Re­fer­ral Com­mit­tee.

Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr James Fong.

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