Health & Fitness
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2008
As ancient as it is, acupuncture is relatively new to Fiji having been introduced in the early 90s. To date there are only four registered acupuncturists in Fiji - all located in the capital city of Suva and all practitioners are of Chinese ethnicity.
The Wakaya Club at the exclusive Wakaya Island Resort has its own registered acupuncturist as part of its therapy package for guests.
There is a limited market in Fiji for chiropractic health care because many locals use traditional masseurs. At present there are only two registered chiropractors in Fiji, one of whom has since retired. Dr. Brad de Geus was a very successful chiropractor in California and retired to Fiji to run tours with Fiji Adventures. The second chiropractor is Dr. Shaun Beovich who is based in the West. He can be contacted at Shaun Beovich, PO Box 867, Sigatoka.
Condom Vending Machines
Making condom vending machines readily available is an ongoing project between the Fiji Government, Marie Stopes International and UNAIDS. At present vending machines can be found at the two tertiary institutions of the University of the South Pacific and the Fiji Institute of Technology. Otherwise condoms can be bought cheaply from pharmacies, chemists, some supermarkets and shops. Most family planning clinics and health centres give away free condoms.
Traditional medicinal skills are practised by almost all ethnic groups in
For routine medical problems, you can get adequate care in
Most doctors and hospitals will expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance. Serious medical problems will require air evacuation to a country with state-of-the-art medical facilities.
You'll find them in all the towns and they're generally well stocked. Most resorts have pharmaceutical items for sale but they will be expensive with a limited selection. When heading here from offshore, it’s best to pack a small kit containing bandaids, analgesics, Imodium or similar, insect repellent, sun screen (and after-sun lotion), antiseptic cream or powder and if travelling with babies, disposable nappies. For coral cuts, hydrogen peroxide works a treat but the locals opt for a generous application of lemon or lime.
Total Body Workout
In most urban centres there are workout gyms with instructors or trainees to assist you for a minimum fee. Tennis courts and golf clubs will charge a fee for use.