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Letters To The Editor, 05 June, 2015

Midwifery services Safaira Puamanu, Auckland, New Zealand I have been reading your letters to the editor online. As a health professional I was interested in the letters written by Asenaca
05 Jun 2015 08:37
Letters To The Editor, 05 June, 2015

Midwifery services
Safaira Puamanu, Auckland, New Zealand
I have been reading your letters to the editor online. As a health professional I was interested in the letters written by Asenaca Delaibatiki of Nakasi, relating to midwifery and maternity services in Fiji. The letters were very informative and they touched on issues that have some form of relevance to my family experience in Fiji. As a result I fully support Mrs Delaibatiki’s call for specialist hands-on midwives on the floor of maternity units in Fiji. She should know because she was trained and qualified as a midwife here in New Zealand and had many years of work experience too.
In my family in Fiji there are two children with celebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development and damage to the parts of the brain that control our movement, balance, and posture. This can be caused by prolonged hypoxia, a condition in which the body and, most importantly, the brain receives inadequate, or no, oxygen supply, before, during and after birth.
According to the family story (I know there are two sides to the story), the two children could have been normal today if emergency measures were applied on time. Central to this problem is the serious need for well trained midwives. New Zealand recognised this need many years ago during Helen Clark’s term as Labour Prime Minister. A law was passed by the House of Representatives to boost midwifery training which led to strengthening the degree programme. This programme is available in several polytechnics. Many with other qualifications including teachers, marine biologists, registered nurses, enrolled because they saw a new career path.
Then there were school leavers (form seven) and adult students who also enrolled. The standards set for the programme were very high. This ensured that graduates were competent. Periodic evaluation and assessment were part of their training. They were required to attend a certain number of seminars and conferences to keep them abreast with research-based changes. When they are registered after graduation, they have a choice to work independently (private practitioner) in the community or in hospitals or other health providers.
As a nurse here we recognise the great service midwives are delivering in New Zealand because they have virtually taken ownership of the wellbeing of mothers and babies and they are doing a great job.
In Fiji, maternity services will improve, when the number of specialist midwives increases. These midwives will look after ante-natal, labour, delivery and post-natal holistically and prevent where humanly possible, mishaps.
I welcome the Fijian Government’s move to train more midwives. A dedicated midwifery training programme is the way to go.

Player tribute
Dovi Mataitini, Lomanikoro, Rewa
The death of Napolioni Rabale hardly caused a stir in the news, but I pay tribute to him.
He played for the powerful Police Rugby Club in Suva and many were the Saturdays when he would grace the Albert Park rugby grounds as halfback for Police.
He also represented Fiji in 1970 on the New Zealand tour, playing alongside Epi Bolawaqatabu and Jope Naucubalavu Jnr. He rose from the ranks to become a senior poiice officer and was responsible for Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s security. Rest in peace Napolioni Rabale.

Local soccer
Gyan Prasad, Namosi
The situation at FIFA is very analogous to the local soccer situation.
Every single fan complains about Fiji soccer but when it comes to voting, the head honchos go through because the local district heads still vote them in.
Only difference, Blatter resigned this time and we end up fighting.
Who did Fiji FA vote for at the last FIFA election?
I can only think of one name and that guy resigned yesterday.



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