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Fiji Corrections Staff Graduate With Certificates On Healthcare In Detention


SEVENTEEN medical personnel of the Fiji Corrections
Service have completed an online training on Healthcare in
Detention, jointly organized by the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Thammasat University in
Bangkok, Thailand.

The Fijian nurses and medical
orderlies participated in the training alongside medical
staff working in correction settings from ten countries in
the Asia-Pacific region from September 14 to December 18,
2020.

This morning the FCS personnel were presented
their certificates by Vincent Ochilet, ICRC Head of Regional
Delegation in the Pacific at a special ceremony at the FCS
Headquarters in Suva.

ICRC
Head of Regional Delegation in the Pacific, Vincent Ochilet
with one of the participants

“The
course encourages participants to take a holistic, public
health approach to prison health. It covers a number of the
challenges that prison health providers’ face day to day
in ensuring the good health and wellbeing of people deprived
of their liberty,” says Dr. Pasqualina Coffey, Health
Programme Manager with the ICRC in Bangkok and
co-facilitator of the course.

The training was
initially supposed to be conducted in person in Bangkok, but
COVID-19 did not allow for such events to take place. The
advantage of not doing it face to face was that it allowed
more persons to participate in the online
training.

“We appreciate the initiative of the Fiji
Corrections Service to enroll all its medical staff in the
course,’’ said Vincent Ochilet, ICRC Head of Regional
Delegation in the Pacific during the handover of the course
certificates to the course participants at the FCS
Headquarters this morning.

Commissioner of Corrections
Commander Francis Kean said the course was in line with the
FCS Intent to build the professional capacity of its staff
who in turn will be enabled to fulfil their responsibilities
in line with international best practices.

“We thank
Mr Ochilet and his professional team at the ICRC for the
opportunity to upgrade the skills and knowledge of our
nurses and medical orderlies; this all adds value to the
work we do at the FCS, the wellbeing of our prisoners,
including our Officers, men and women,’’ Commander Kean
said.

“The ICRC has been at the forefront ensuring
that we keep in line with maintaining international best
practices and the status quo as far as human rights are
concerned and we are grateful for the training opportunities
they have made available to us over the years.”

From
this 17 graduates FCS personnel are now currently undergoing
a six-week Advanced Medical Orderly Course at the FCS
Training Academy in Naboro.

Group
photo with Fiji Corrections Medical Staff,
ICRC Head of Regional Delegation in the Pacific,
Vincent Ochilet andCommissioner of Corrections Commander
Francis
Kean.

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