Assistant Minister for Health Visits the North

Assistant Minister for Health Visits the North

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The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar is in the North this week to visit health facilities and hold a public consultation with the people of Labasa.

Mrs Bhatnagar said that this visit is to meet with health staff and the public to discuss ways to address and improve health service delivery.

While visiting Seaqaqa Health Center the Hon. Assistant Minister for Health commended the work carried out by the staff. Mrs Bhatnagar also visited Naduri Health Center and Dogotuki Health Center.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public consultation that will be held at the Civic Center in Labasa.

New graduate nurses posting by end of February

New graduate nurses posting by end of February

Hon. Minister for Health with nurse at Togaimalo Nursing station late last year.

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The Ministry of Health & Medical Services is reminding all graduate nurses that the nursing employment process will be completed by the end of February 2016.

The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate said “We have been receiving queries from graduate nurses regarding their postings. We are looking at the end of February to finalize this”.

“All newly graduated nurses must serve as an intern at one of the three divisional hospitals, being CWM, Lautoka or Labasa hospital. Upon completion of their internships, the nurses will then be posted at various health facilities around the country”.

The newly graduated nurses are legally obliged (Nursing Decree 2011) to pass the Fiji Nursing Council (FNC) Registration Exam to legitimize their practice in the country. This practice is used throughout the nursing fraternity worldwide under the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Mr Usamate added that the marking of the FNC Registration Examination is complete. The Nursing Professional Standard Committee has submitted the results to the Registrar and they will be officially released by the end of next week.

Meanwhile, to improve the nurse patient ration, this year will also see the intake of 200 new graduate nurses as the Health Ministry remains committed to improving health service delivery across the country.

Health: Capital projects in progress

Health: Capital projects in progress

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In order to improve health service delivery in the country, the Ministry of Health & Medical Services has made much progress with its capital projects, in particular regarding health facilities.

The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate visited the new Naulu Health Center and Makoi low-risk maternity unit sites today.

Mr Usamate said “These two projects have commenced and I am glad to see them earmarked to finish this year. Makoi low-risk maternity unit is scheduled to be completed in September, and Naulu Health Center in December”.

“These areas are some of the most densely populated areas in the country, and proper access to health facilities for people living in these areas is important”.

The upcoming 10 bed Makoi low-risk maternity unit will assist in relieving Nausori Health Center and CWM as it will cater for the population in that area.

Naulu Health Center will be an A-grade facility and a bigger health facility inclusive of dentistry, an x-ray department, clinics and so forth.

Mr Usamate also visited Valelevu Health Center to discuss the potential of expanding it. “We are looking at extending Valelevu Health Center to make it more like a hospital. The population here is high so we need to be able to provide efficient services to the people”.

The Naulu Health Center project is estimated to cost $4,110,416.87 while Makoi low-risk maternity unit is around $6,082,893.24.

Meanwhile, other major constructions for the Health Ministry include the new Ba and Nausori Hospitals.