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PM highlights Fiji's progressive laws on health care
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji is determined to provide to all Fijians enlightened and progressive laws on health care as well as access to health services and justice.
Speaking at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, Commodore Bainimarama highlighted on the efforts of the Government to ensure that Fiji progressed as a healthy nation.
He said that Fiji has passed new laws this year that enhances Fiji’s efforts to treat everyone equally, regardless of their physical or mental conditions.
“In order to address the MDG's HIV/AIDS goal, the Fijian Government approved a new law this year that, amongst other things, safeguards the privacy and rights of persons infected or affected by HIV,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
“The HIV/AIDS Decree is based on the United Nations International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS, and on the Declaration of Commitment to a human rights based approach to dealing with the epidemic.”
He added that the Decree had been acknowledged both locally and internationally as one of the most progressive HIV laws in the world.
In addition to the HIV/AIDS Decree, Commodore Bainimarama enlightened the Assembly on Fiji’s Mental Health Decree and Child Welfare Decree.
The Mental Health Decree, based on WHO guidelines on best practice for mental patients, came into effect on July 1 this year.
“The Child Welfare Decree creates a system that requires mandatory reporting of child abuse by doctors, police officers and lawyers to the Ministry of Social Welfare,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
The Child Welfare Decree was passed in September 2010.