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Quarters Allow Better Delivery Of Service

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is stepping up its efforts to provide better services to Fijians, with a major priority being the welfare of its staff. It believes
24 May 2015 10:01
Quarters Allow Better Delivery Of Service
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar officially opens the new duplex staff quarters at Lagi Health Centre at Macuata yesterday.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is stepping up its efforts to provide better services to Fijians, with a major priority being the welfare of its staff.

It believes it has made inroads in this respect, paying special attention to staff needs.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar officially opened the new duplex staff quarters at Lagi Health Centre in Macuata yesterday.

Ms Bhatnagar said accommodation in most rural settings was always a major challenge.

“The ministry strongly believes that staff working out in remote, rural and maritime stations as this should be provided good support to enhance their livelihood,” she said.

“The old model nursing station with an open room for accommodation attached to the clinic is not conducive because it doesn’t provide privacy for the nurse and her family. It’s congested and not user-friendly.

“I use to wonder whether the plan then was to keep nurses single all the time because that model would only suit a single nurse.”

The ministry believes that its constant and consistent approach to improving staff welfare can potentially result in staff satisfaction, increase staff productivity and reduce staff turnover.

It is also one of the identified retention strategy.

“I believe the community of Lagi should be proud of this new development and this will allow for two nurses and their families to be posted to this facility,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

She said that for many years, the health facility was served by only a doctor or a nurse practitioner and a nurse.

“This was because of the lack of accommodation facilities at the station. The existence of this new accommodation block would now mean that the dilemma supervisor’s face in trying to secure a nurse couple to make up the nursing numbers to be transferred to Lagi, which is often difficult, is now over and now a thing of the past.

“It is a joy to note that these quarters will allow for increased staff numbers who will be able to serve the people better.”

The people of Lagi Village in Macuata along with the nurses stationed at the health centre were happy and thanked Government for the overwhelming support.

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