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MINISTRY OF HEALTH

December 31
12:00 2009

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. 1. Achievements for 2009:

1. Roll back completed in January 2009, with a new management team coming into office soon after.

2. Cardiac Catheter Project operationalised. This was officially opened on October 2.

3. Extended opening hours at three health centres to cater for public health needs. These health centres are Raiwaqa, Valelevu and Makoi.

4. Naboro Health Centre refurbished and re-opened after five years.

5. Outreach specialist programs conducted by medical teams from the CWM Hospital, Lautoka Hospital and Labasa Hospital. These included surgical teams visiting sub-divisional hospitals to offer free surgeries to members of the public who needed such services.

6. Security services at all health facilities around the country out-sourced to private companies who are now tasked with providing security and ensuring the safety of patients, staff and facilities.

7. Partnerships made with non-governmental, social and religious organizations in the area of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD’s). This involved close to $140,000 given out in matching funds for programs run by the selected organizations.

8. Diabetic and Renal Hubs being progressively pushed through for Lautoka and Labasa, to offer members of the public services currently available at the CWM Hospital through the National Diabetic Centre. The World Health Organisation is assisting with $26,000 for the computer sofatware to be used at these facilities.

9. Completion and opening of the new wing of the Labasa Hospital. Now the hospital’s new Acute and Emergency Unit is near completion, with funding from the Korean Government.

10. The Fiji Pharmaceutical Services underwent major re-structuring and changes. This now means efficient drug and pharmaceutical supplies to the divisional and sub-divisional health facilities and proper management of finances and supplies. Savings made more than $4 million.

11. Bio-medical assessment leading to purchase of equipment to the tune of $9.4 million. Equipment ordered expected to be supplied soon and will replace current stock at health facilities. This will boost service.

12. Transport fleet being boosted with 71 vehicles already lined up. Some have already been delivered to sub-divisional offices as per needs. Progress on purchase of 12 new ambulances.

13. Laundry services at the different hospitals being progressively looked at for out-sourcing.

14. Cleaning services to be out-sourced soon.

15. Overseas based doctor volunteer scheme set up.

16. Established working relationship with the Fiji School of Medicine on the needs of the local medical service. FSM is helping the MOH with Paramedics Training, which will ensure that our paramedics are trained and qualified to provide the service; Emergency Medical Course for sub divisional medical officers, involving experts from overseas who will provide training at the FSM; Phelbotomists training that will see selected personnel get professional training on how to assist with blood testing and checks; Research on dengue/typhoid and leptospirosis.

17. Opening of the new Diabetic Eye Clinic at the old Sukuna Ward of the CWM Hospital done on October 6.

18. Ground breaking of the new Pacific Eye Institute on October 6. This will be a major boost for eye care in Fiji and the Pacific.

19. Refurbishment of wards at the CWM Hospital and securing corporate sponsors.

20. Construction of new generator house at the Lautoka Hospital, plus the purchase of a new generator for the hospital.

21. Purchase of new boilers for the Lautoka Hospital and CWM Hospital.

22. Refurbishment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lautoka Hospital.

23. Construction of Nursing quarters at Udu and Coqeloa Nursing Stations in the North.

24. General maintenance work completed or in progress at the Nabouwalu Hospital, Seaqaqa Health Centre, Naduri Health Centre, Dreketi Health Centre, Wainunu Health Centre, Visoqo Nursing Station, Bua Nursing Station, Navakaka Nursing Station and Natewa Health Centre in the North.

25. General maintenance work completed or in progress at the Kese Health Centre, Somosomo Nursing Station, Malolo Health Centre, Yalobi Nursing Station, Yanuya Nursing Station, Sigatoka Hospital, Keiyasi Health Centre, Korolevu Health Centre, Tavua Hospital in the West.

26. General maintenance work completed or in progress at the Komo Nursing Station, Moala Health Centre, Wainibokasi Hospital, Korovou Hospital, Vunidawa Hospital, Naqali Health Centre, Narokorokoyawa Nursing Station, Waidina Nursing Station, Vunisea Hospital and Nuffield Clinic in the Central/Eastern.

2. Strategic Development Plans

1. Makoi Health Centre to become a Medical Enclave. This is being progressed.
The medical enclave will include the current Health Centre, specialist clinics, low risk maternity unit, mortuary and staff quarters for doctors and nurses.

2. Currently trying to locate land in Sasawira to build a new hospital.

3. Currently trying to finalise a piece of land at Davuilevu or Vuniiviivi to build a new hospital for Nausori.

4. Progressing work on the new Navua Hospital.

5. Progressing work on the new Ba Hospital.

6. Working on securing new CT Scans for Lautoka and Labasa.

7. Working on securing MRI and mammogram for health facilities.

8. Progressing plans to have a Cath Lab in Lautoka.

9. Planning to have Open Cardiac Surgery available in Fiji by 2011.

a. Progressing on Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India. This would see the Indian Government providing formal and informal training for our local staff.

b. Treatment options for Cancer, Heart diseases and Kidney problems.

c. Pharmaceutical options to purchase EU standard (export standard) consumables at 40% less than the previous prices we were buying at.
10. HPV (Cervical Cancer) immunization program currently progressed, targeted at young girls to prevent them from getting cervical cancer.

11. MDA (Anti Filarisis campaign) on-going to eliminate filarisis.

12. Micro-nutrient supplementation program, launched on October 1 in Suva. Aimed at fighting anaemia in our young children. This will run for five years.

13. Health Walk program re-organised. Aimed at getting the people of Fiji moving towards a healthier nation. Now being done monthly since September and will run until December 2010.

14. HINI National Taskforce led by the Ministry of Health in the campaign against Pandemic H1N1 2009. No deaths recorded in Fiji.

3. Policies/Bills:

1. Radiation and Radio Technology Act (incorporated into one)

2. Medical and Dental Practitioners Act (incorporated into one)

3. General Practitioners Bill (incorporated)

4. Mental Health Bill (progressive)

5. HIV/AIDS Promulgation Bill (progressive)

6. Nurses and Midwives Bill (progressive)

7. Public Health Bill

8. Code X on Breastfeeding Substitute (Regulation to support the Fiji Food Act)

9. Allied Health Workers Bill (currently with stakeholders for analysis)

10. Ambulance Bill (preliminary)

11. Child Welfare Regulation (progressive)

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