By Litia Mathewsell
An intensive two-year health program by the Viseisei Sai Health Centre has found more outreach services to rural women are needed.
The findings came from mobile clinics provided to 5622 women and girls with reproductive health services in the Ba Province from November 2012 to December 2014.
"The project has confirmed a gap in reproductive health service provisions, hence it is recommended that outreach services be provided to rural women," the centre noted in a report launched last week.
"There are major gaps in knowledge and motivation for health seeking behaviour.
"Frontline service providers need capacity building. Advocacy and education is required at the community level on basic reproductive health issues.
"There should be renewed efforts to ensure that every woman and girl in Fiji has equal opportunities provided to them in every community development initiative."
The centre also said the project’s objective was to strengthen the rights of rural girls and women by empowering them through awareness and education on their reproductive health needs.
"This was next to providing them with essential clinical services for their contraceptive needs, gynaecological problems and cervical cancer screening.
Ba Province, it noted, had a population of 231,760 and the total population of the area covered in the project was about 80776, as areas such as Tavua and the Yasawas which also fall under Ba, were not covered by the clinical team.
Source: Fiji Times