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Manuals Will Boost Service Delivery

Manuals Will Boost Service Delivery
Assistant Health Minister and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar (left) and President for the Australian Senate Senator Stephen Perry with the Footcare and Wellness manuals at Lami Health Centre yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 23
08:44 2015

Three manuals that provide guidance to nurses to ensure that the Ministry of Health provides better service delivery for non-communicable disease patients through improved access to information has been launched in Suva.

The manual was launched by Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar, who then handed over the foot care and wellness manuals at the Lami Health Centre yesterday.

Ms Bhatnagar said the ministry was working towards reducing the number of amputations that take place every hour around the country.

“Of course, the onus is on the individual in living right,” she said.

The three manuals are for public health practice guidelines for the primary health care nurses, public health practice guidelines for health workers in Fiji and foot care for diabetics

Ms Bhatnagar said diabetic patients and others who contracted diseases which come under the NCD umbrella were not completely helpless and could continue to live normally by changing their lifestyles.

She said the ministry would look at sending a team to remote areas to assess areas which urgently needed free medicine assistance.

Mrs Bhatnagar thanked the Government of Australia and its immense contributions to the Fiji Health sector programme.

Meanwhile, President for the Australian Senate Senator, Stephan Parry said it was definitely a no brainer that the Australian government would provide assistance in Fiji’s health sector.

”The important issue of diabetes is a crisis and I understand that Fiji has the worst number of NCDs and we want to stop this from happening by providing funding to assist this cause,” he said.

Mr Parry said the Australian government was willing to not only address the issue of diabetes, but also other diseases.

“We are very pleased to be involved in this preventative measure.

“If we can reduce diabetes and provide a healthier lifestyle and greater awareness we can also help Fiji address other health issues,” he said.

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