Fiji Sun : 2020-08-07

NATION : 4 : 4


NATION 4 FIJI SUN | FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020 | FIJISUN.COM.FJ | | PAGE Uni students warned on claims of rental fraud MENTAL HEALTH 17yr Old, Youngest Patient at St Giles and the Fiji National University clinical faculty to liaise with its counterpar­ts at the divisional level to discuss patient care and management and also greatly assist the plan by the Ministry of Health to decentrali­ze services in a virtual hospital from a mental health perspectiv­e.” had advised the need for a substantia­l investment to avert mental health crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The TeleHealth Initiative­s are necessary in Fiji to ensure health services continue to be delivered in the context of curfews and social distancing,” Dr May said. “ “It provides an opportunit­y to remodel and restructur­e mental health services from the new normal perspectiv­e.” The equipment handed over to the hospital staff included teleconfer­encing via zoom technology to enhance learning and communicat­ion with stakeholde­rs in regards to patient care and treatment. “This equipment INOKE RABONU U paid the caretaker of the property the required deposit, but later found out that the particular flat in question was already leased to someone else. Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Seema Shandil said: “These students leave their families to pursue education. “The last thing they need is to be scammed and lose money that was meant for placing a roof over their heads.” If students have any doubts regarding individual­s claiming to be real estate agents or any other tenancy issues, they are advised to contact the council for advice. The council can can be contacted on toll free number 155 or lodge a complaint using the Consumer Council of Fiji mobile app. niversity students are allegedly being duped into giving hundreds of dollars to people claiming to be real estate agents or caretakers, taking security deposits or bond for properties. This is just one of the latest case that the Consumer Council of Fiji has received complaints from. In one of these cases, a group of regional students were targeted by an individual who gave assurance to provide rental housing. The students collective­ly paid $3600 as deposit to the individual in question but to their dismay, were not provided housing as promised. Upon investigat­ion, the council discovered that the agent was neither appointed by the landlord to act on his behalf nor held a valid real estate agent’s licence. In another case, a student SUVA A 17-year-old boy is the youngest patient being treated and rehabilita­ted at the St Giles Psychiatri­c Hospital. This was revealed during the launch of the country’s Mental Health TeleHealth Initiative at St Giles Psychiatri­c Hospital yesterday. Dean for the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr William May said Fiji needed to scale up mental health care needs urgently to prepare itself for the next pandemic of increased mental health issues. Dr May said Increase in numbers expected The hospital is forecastin­g a drastic increase in the number of Fijians seeking mental health complicati­ons treatment during this COVID-19 period. The hospital’s director of nursing Miliakere Nasorovaka­walu said their staff were currently prepared for this scenario should it occur here. Edited by Selita Bolanavanu­a will allow St Giles the World Health Organisati­on Source: of Fiji Consumer Council Shalveen Chand M: (679) 8013992 Email: shalveen.chand@

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