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Medical Staff Need Quarters: Doctor

Taveuni Sub-Divisional Hospital has been experiencing high staff turnover mainly because of a lack of staff quarters. Senior medical officer Dr Katarina Tinfulagi said this during a talanoa session with
21 Apr 2015 12:09
Medical Staff Need Quarters: Doctor

Taveuni Sub-Divisional Hospital has been experiencing high staff turnover mainly because of a lack of staff quarters.

Senior medical officer Dr Katarina Tinfulagi said this during a talanoa session with the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Pio Tikoduadua at the Waiyevo Government station.

Mr Tikoduadua had invited Government officials present to raise issues of concern to them.

“There is a high staff turnover mainly due to the shortage of staff quarters. Some of our staff are willing to come but there are no institutional staff quarters for the Ministry of Health officials on the island,” Dr Tinfulagi said.

“There will be six extra nurses coming in but then some of the married couples are using the single nurses’ quarters at the moment.

“We have discussed this with our divisional medical officer and it was presented to the Commissioner Northern and the thought was to build a duplex building.”

She said they had a piece of land next to the hospital that was big enough to cater for the proposed institutional staff quarters for the ministry.

Mr Tikoduadua said that single nurses needed to live within the compound of the ministry and should be properly facilitated in terms of accommodation.

“What they need is a basic comfortable facility, clean room and good lighting. Maybe a falekau (wooden building) can be built for these nurses,” he said.

He advised the District Officer to work with the divisional medical officer to look into the land availability, complete a project paper and to send it to his ministry in Suva.

Dr Tinfulagi also highlighted an increase in migration back to the Garden Island, which has resulted in a population increase compared to three years ago.

“There are a few sexual transmitted diseases/ sexual transmitted infections maybe because for the last three years our population
has increased.

“We figured maybe people are moving back to island from Suva or elsewhere. Maybe that’s why the modes of transmission are probably high.

“To me people are coming back to the island because of development,” she said.

Mr Tikoduadua said the migration back to the island was a good sign, which was what the Government wanted.

 

‘Government quarters need repairs’

The Waiyevo government quarters need repairs, Taveuni district officer Kalivati Rabuka said.

He said this in his presentation to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua last Friday.

Mr Tikoduadua visited the ministry’s project sites on the ‘Garden Island’ and had a talanoa session with various government department personnel at the Waiyevo Government Station.

“All the Waiyevo Government quarters need urgent maintenance work,” Mr Rabuka said.

Mr Tikoduadua advised his ministry’s senior officials present to look act on the request.

“Before they leave, they should have a look at the quarters. Make plans and find some money to fund the work,” he said.

“Some government departments here don’t utilise funds allocated to them. Do this work at the end of the year when Government’s work slows down.

“You can see which basket have some coins left and you can grab them and ask the Ministry
of Finance.

“But, it will be good to do the assessment initially even though this maintenance work is not in the list for this year.”

The minister reiterated that his senior engineering officials would look into the maintenance work at Waiyevo so that they could divert funds particularly to remote sites by the end of the year.

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