Dr Fong’s appointment as PS Health effective immediately

(L-R) Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts -Dr Angela Jokha, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services - Dr James Fong, Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports - Mr Roveroto Nayacalaevu. Picture: SUPPLIED

Dr James Fong has been confirmed as the permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services.

A  Government statement this afternoon also confirmed appointments of two other individuals as permanent secretaries.

Both before and during his acting appointment, Dr Fong whose appointment is effective immediately has been instrumental to Fiji’s COVID-Containment success.

“He remains the ideal candidate to lead the ministry through the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19,” the statement said.

Dr Angela Jokhan has also been appointed the permanent secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts and her appointment will be effective from November 8, 2020.

Dr Jokhan’s 32 years of experience as an educator culminated in her service as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment at the University of the South Pacific.

The statement said the leadership and organisational excellence she has demonstrated throughout her educational career will be a tremendous asset to Fijian students, teachers, and families.

The third confirmation to the position of a permanent secretary is Roveroto Nayacalaevu who has been appointed as the permanent secretary for Youth and Sports.

Mr Nayacalaevu is a lifelong sportsman.

He rostered on Fiji’s national sevens rugby team in the 1990s.

After retiring from professional athletics, he built an impressive career in finance, operations and supply chain management.

Throughout his over 20 years of professional work experience, he has upheld a personal dedication to community-level youth development and mentorship, a mission which he plans to carry forward as permanent secretary.

Mr Nayacalaevu’s appointment will be effective from January 2021.

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