Fijian Medics Report Drop In Hospital Visits
Fijian health professionals conducting awareness programmes in Vanuatu in the wake of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam are reporting a drop in the number of people visiting hospitals for treatment.
A team member who did not want to be identified said on Wednesday alone they observed 149 patients in five villages.
“Movement to some of the villages had to be conducted on foot and our 13-member health team, consisting of doctors, nurses, midwives and public health inspectors who are currently in Tanna Island have been conducting public health awareness programmes in communities and villages,” he said.
“We have a food security team, which helps to educate people on the importance of cleanliness and healthy living.”
The Fijian medical and health teams have been operating on Tanna Island out of Lenakel Hospital for the past two weeks.
In that time, the team has successfully conducted 18 surgeries, delivered 17 babies, attended nine emergency cases after hours and has seen 730 outpatients and emergencies in total.
Meanwhile, engineers of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces are still on the main island, Efate, conducting rehabilitation work on three schools.
The team is expected to return home by the end of this month.
Awareness programmes conducted by our Fijian medics in Vanuatu are progressing.
Reports received from our Fijian Response Team in Vanuatu have confirmed that the number of people reporting to hospitals has decreased.