Nurse Practitioners undergo training to improve skills

Nurse Practitioners undergo training to improve skills


A 3-day National Nurse Practitioners Capacity Building workshop will allow participants to improve their skills, practice and performance through professional development.

This workshop is being held at the Pearl Resort and was officially opened the by Acting Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau this week.

28 nurse practitioners from around the country are attending this workshop with hopes to further enhance their knowledge and keep up with rapid technological developments in patient care.

While addressing the participants, Dr Tuicakau encouraged them to be focussed and seek every opportunity to broaden their knowledge and be more competent in service delivery.

“I am sure that you will gain a lot through this workshop and will effectively incorporate the skills acquired to improve on the delivery of service in your own locations”, said Dr Tuicakau.

Dr Tuicakau also highlighted the Ministry’s overall objectives and plans to address health service delivery and has called on nurse practitioners to be mindful of the same so that the expected services are delivered accordingly.

Nurse practitioners were also reminded of the need to upskill the scope of their practice to meet the new challenges emerging through many factors such as climate change and escalating non-communicable diseases.

The workshop will feature various topics such as accident and emergency practice, home based nursing services, and obstetrics protocols & clinical guidelines.

Meanwhile, the first ever National Nursing Scientific Symposium will commence from the 19th to the 20th of November 2015 at the Pearl Resort. The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate will officially open this first ever symposium.


Senior citizens honoured

Senior citizens honoured


Senior members of the Dudley Methodist Church were honoured for their dedicated services in a special function organised by the church on Saturday.

This is part of the annual Senior Citizens Day observed by the church in recognition of its members’ selfless services to act as role models for the upcoming generation.

Senior citizens are often neglected by society and even their close families, and can be seen as a burden.

While officiating the program, the Hon. Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar paid tribute to the senior citizens for their valuable contributions in moulding the younger generation to success in their life.

“I salute the senior citizens who through hard work and enthusiasm have developed a more meaningful platform for success for the upcoming generations”, Mrs Bhatnagar said.

Mrs Bhatnagar also reiterated the Government’s recent announcement to address the basic needs of the people so they could enjoy the low prices of daily consumable goods and services.

Some of these strategies include the reduction of the pension scheme to 66 years, the reduction of vat to 9% and the increased free medicines list to 142 items.

Meanwhile, the president of the church Mrs Elizabeth Dass has called on people to respect and care for elders, as they have sacrificed a lot to put them where they are today.



Madam Bhatnagar reminds people to care for their health.

Madam Bhatnagar reminds people to care for their health.


The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar reminded people to pay special attention to their health this festive season of Diwali.

Mrs Bhatnagar said that people tend to forget the consequences of consuming foods rich in fat and substances that pose a threat to their health, and often end up with abnormal conditions which require medical attention.

“I am not stopping you from eating, but you must eat in moderate amounts so that it doesn’t affect your health”, said Mrs Bhatnagar.

Foods served at the festival of Diwali tend to be cooked in high amounts of oil, which is unhealthy.

People often neglect the advice from health authorities on consuming healthy foods and end up with complications that contribute to ever escalating non-communicable diseases in the country.

While the festivities should be celebrated, a good diet and daily physical activity is the perfect recipe for a healthy life.

Mrs Bhatnagar was speaking at the inaugural Diwali Mela organised by the Ekta Saraswati Mahila Mandal in Cuvu, Nadroga.