COLLABORATION YIELDS BENEFITS FOR THE NEEDY IN FIJI

The High Commission of Fiji in London in partnership with the PhysioNet UK has recently facilitated the shipment of the mobility and physio equipment to reach out to those living with spinal injuries in Fiji.

Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Jitoko Tikolevu joined Hon. Andrew Jones, the UK Minister responsible for Transport along with the members of the PhysioNet as well the Fijian soldiers based in Catterick and Newcastle during the preparation and loading of the 13th shipment of 40’ feet container which is expected to arrive in Fiji by next month which will be received by the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji.

In availing the much needed support towards this initiative, High Commissioner Mr Tikolevu said that such collaboration is reflective of the unique people to people relationship between Fiji and UK.

PhysioNet UK has been working collaboratively to provide physiotherapy and mobility equipment for those living with physical impairment in developing countries around the world including Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Meanwhile, the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji, Executive Director, Mr Joshko Wakaniyasi has expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation to the relevant agencies for their tremendous support in facilitating this timely assistance directed towards improving the welfare and wellbeing of persons living with disabilities in Fiji.

Spinal Injury Association Fiji stated that the 13th consignment has a tentative value of around $315,670 FJD. Through this donation, the Spinal Injury Association Fiji says they will be able to intensify their reach out to assist the persons living with disabilities in the rural and maritime areas.

Since 2010, PhysioNet has been providing mobility aid equipment and appliances some of which include wheelchairs for both adults and children, walking sticks, elbow crutches, axillary crutches, walking frames with wheels, shower chairs, high and low beds, standing frames, bicycles, activity tables with wheels for children, braces and slings and other orthopaedic equipment, to name a few.