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Usamate Checks Nausori Challenges

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate yesterday visited one of the most challenged health facilities in the country in a bid to improve their service delivery. Mr Usamate
14 Jul 2016 07:30
Usamate Checks Nausori Challenges
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate with senior staff of Nausori Health Centre while inspecting the facility yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate yesterday visited one of the most challenged health facilities in the country in a bid to improve their service delivery.

Mr Usamate met with senior staff of Nausori Health Centre who shared their daily plight and discussed ways in which they could improve health and medical services.

“The staff work in extremely difficult conditions and we’re always trying to see how we can upgrade the service here,” he said.

Mr Usamate said apart from the major limitation of space faced by the facility, they also highlighted changes that were made to ensure that they provided the best possible comfort to patients.

“The population has really exploded, over the past few years a lot more people have moved to the urban areas and this area serves a population of about 94,000,” Mr Usamate said.

“It was initially designed for a smaller population and now that they have this larger population, it is obviously a challenge.

“We get a lot of complaints here in the past and I have come to have a look at what they have been implementing on the ground in trying to address those complaints.”

Mr Usamate said they had put in more staff at the Nausori Health Centre with hopes of alleviating waiting times for outpatients.

“Every year we have about 200 nurses coming into the system and around 150 doctors so they are distributed all across Fiji,” he said.

“We hope to do some slight adjustments here to free up some space so better services can be provided but space will continue to be our major problem.

Nausori (SDMO)sub -divisional medical officer Dr Akesh Narayan said it was a motivation for his staff to see the Minister coming to see what was actually happening on the ground level.

“At least they’ll have an idea of what we’re going through in terms of providing service and sort of knowing what are some of the complaints that they receive and how we are managing.

An average of 200 to 300 outpatients are received by the health centre on a daily basis while over 80 mothers are received by its maternity unit.

Mr Usamate toured the health centre seeing first hand some of the issues that needed urgent attention.

The timely visit was part of an initiative by his ministry in addressing health facilities that received most complaints.

Mr Usamate will today visit Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva while later scheduled visits to facilities in the Western division.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

 

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