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Partnership Aims To Boost Services

One of the country’s best equipped and staffed private medical facilities yesterday agreed to help support Government health services. People can now seek consultations and treatment at Nasese Medical Centre,
21 Apr 2015 10:35
Partnership Aims To Boost Services
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate (left), with Dr Virgilio De Asa (middle), at the Nasese Medical Centre in Suva yesterday. Photo: Peni Drauna

One of the country’s best equipped and staffed private medical facilities yesterday agreed to help support Government health services.

People can now seek consultations and treatment at Nasese Medical Centre, Suva and the Ministry of Health announced a partnership.

Full details are still to be rolled out.

But Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said this would be good news to the people.

Mr Usamate indicated that this was the beginning of plan to expand the services to include other private practitioners.

He said: “In order to provide better health services to the people of Fiji we have to do it in partnership with other stakeholders as well.

He said the ministry could not do it alone.

Medical Centre Director Dr Virgilio De Asa said the centre was very supportive of the ministry’s initiatives to provide better health services.

“The centre will also actively participate in the ministry’s vaccination programme,” Dr De Asa said.

He said the partnership also included laboratory services like cancer screening tests, hormonal studies and other immunology tests.

Dr De Asa said opportunities would be available for senior doctors and nurses on leave or off-duty from the hospitals to earn some extra income as locums.

He said hopefully this programme would be an incentive to discourage experienced medical officers from moving overseas in search of better opportunities and pay.

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