A first Pop-Up clinic fully funded by Women’s Fund Fiji has opened at MHCC, Suva, due to demand for counseling, family planning, clinical support and legal support services from community members.
The clinic is free and operated by Medical Services Pacific.
305 women, 185 men, 1 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual community member visited the Pop-Up Clinic to access non-communicable disease screening, cancer screening, sexually transmitted infection screening diseases and blood tests between March and May this year.
The majority of customers who accessed the services were accessing MSP’s services for the first time.
MSP provides a wide range of healthcare, counseling and social services, including public awareness and education programs with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health, and has developed a comprehensive and integrated service for survivors/victims of sexual assault and domestic violence which includes emergency care and ongoing medical, nursing, counseling and legal support.
Ana Fofole, MSP Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Manager and COVID-19 Program Coordinator, explains that since its inception, the pop-up clinic has provided services to Fijians across the division. central to Namosi, and from officials to market vendors.
She says the new Pop-Up Clinic helps reach members of the public who may not have acquired the services in the past, and thanked the team at Carpenters Fiji Management for giving the opportunity to operate from their complex. Some of the services provided at Pop-Up Clinic include; Clinical services of shared health records such as consultation on family planning, Pap test, provision of clinical family planning services to young girls and women, breast examination, screening for non-communicable diseases such as measuring blood pressure, blood tests, measuring body mass index (BMI) and testing blood sugar.
Counselling, prostate consultation and integrated management of childhood illnesses are also provided.
Discussions are underway to set up pop-up clinics at the national universities of Lautoka, Labasa and Fiji.