The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS) has released a World Health Organization (WHO) report on the recent outbreak of Acinetobacter baumannii (A.baumannii) bacterium within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH), Suva.
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During July, its first full month of operation, the Ministry of Health & Medical Services’ Customer Contact Centre handled almost 1,000 calls, emails and text messages from members of the public.
The main areas of concern raised by those who contacted the centre related to staff attitudes or perceived delays and long waits for attention, which together accounted for 23 per cent of the calls received. The next largest group of calls were those where the caller considered their treatment was ‘unsatisfactory’ (four per cent of the total).
Those figures have been noted by the Ministry and, while it is still too early to identify any real patterns or trends in the data, they provide a useful basis on which to monitor future performance. Where possible, additional information on callers’ actual waiting times and the reasons why they considered their treatment to be unsatisfactory will also be obtained. Such concerns may stem from inadequate explanations by staff or unrealistic expectations on the part of patients: both areas where better communication could help.
The Customer Contact Centre received compliments on services delivered in several facilities including Nadi, Navua and Wainibokasi Hospitals and Valelevu, Dreketi, Raiwaqa, Cuva, Natabua, Balevuto and Nasea Health Centres. There were also a significant number of calls (around one in four) which did not relate to health services or where the caller simply hung up without speaking. Those calls may be a result of people wanting to test out the new service or being unfamiliar with its operation. They will, hopefully, reduce over time.
By the end of the month all but a handful of the issues raised by callers had been satisfactorily resolved with the overall average time taken to deal with an issue and respond to the caller being less than 2½ days.
In a typical month more than 80,000 people attend the Ministry’s hospitals and health centres as inpatients or outpatients. The total number of complaints registered by the Customer Contact Centre in July was fewer than 350 which represents just 0.4 per cent or one in every 250 patients.
The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey, will hand over to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) FJD$394,943.60 worth of laboratory equipment to support improved diabetes management in Fiji.
Speaking to invited guests at the Navua Hospital, Ms Twomey said, “Through Australia’s Fiji Health Sector Support Program, I am delighted that our investment in this laboratory equipment, and the ongoing work with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, will assist diabetic patients to lead full and productive lives. Australia is proud to be associated with efforts to prevent and manage diabetes.”
Results from both the 2002 and 2011 World health organization STEP wise surveys showed high rates of poorly controlled diabetes amongst Fijians. In an effort to better identify and manage people with diabetes, the MoHMS in partnership with FHSSP, launched a diabetes screening program in 2012 and equipped public health nurses with NCD toolkits. From 2014 onwards public health workers have also been upskilled with motivational interviewing techniques so they can more effectively counsel their diabetic clients to make positive behaviour changes and comply with treatment regimens.
This new laboratory equipment will enable the testing of HbA1c at six additional health facilities— Rakiraki, Tavua, Taveuni, Navua and Levuka hospitals and the Seaqaqa health centre. Being able to provide this test at site enables both health workers and clients to improve follow up and better manage their diabetes.
In receiving the equipment, the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon Rosy Akbar, thanked the Australian Government and FHSSP for their ongoing support, “This public private partnership is the key foundation to nurture a multi-sectoral approach that is needed to enhance the health services and collaboratively address the challenges relative to Fiji’s health sector development.”
The Minister added, “I am pleased to note that the laboratory and biomedical technicians will receive training to equip them with the skills to correctly operate and maintain the machines. This equipment will make a great impact in terms of providing the ability to better follow up and manage diabetic conditions and adjust treatment as necessary.”
If you think you may have diabetes, please go to your nearest health facility to be checked.
For any further information, please contact FHSSP Office Manager Vasiti Nailele on 9491160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org