Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete

Suva, Fiji

Hon. Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete is Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services. 


He started his political career after he successfully contested the General elections in 2018 under the banner of the Fiji First party. 


Dr Waqainabete is a clinician/medical officer by profession since 1998 and assumed the role of a specialist surgeon from 2006 to 2015. 


Apart from his degree in Medicine and Surgery, Hon. Waqainabete holds a degree of Masters in Medicine with a specialization in surgery. 


He was an Associate Professor in Surgery at the Fiji National University from 2016 to 2018 and to date, still maintains the passion and enthusiasm in this field of medical care. 


Hon. Waqainabete is well respected amongst his peers and is currently the President of the Pacific Islands Surgeons Association. 


Among his notable accolades. Hon. Waqainabete was a recipient of the prestigious Rowan Nicks Fellowships & Scholarships whereby he assumed the position of a senior registrar in general surgery at the Palmerston North Hospital in New Zealand in 2004 and 2005. 


This fellowship & scholarship is offered annually to young surgeons and anaesthetists who have been identified as surgical or medical leaders of the future. 


Hon. Waqainabete is a passionate advocate for ‘equality’ whereby he fervently believes that, “everybody must be treated equally regardless of ethnicity, gender or religious affiliation”. 


‘Honesty & Compassion’ are values which he desires that everyone in the Ministry of Health & Medical Services will embrace so that everyone can cultivate a culture of a high work ethic and professionalism.