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Medics Commend Govt Leadership

  Government’s leadership and guided the medical professionals and other stakeholders respond effectively after Cyclone Winston in February. This were the words of the Fiji Medical Association president Dr Ifereimi
04 Sep 2016 09:00
Medics Commend Govt Leadership
Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum delivering his speech during the Fiji Medical Association Awards night, on Friday night at the Pearl South Pacific Resort Fiji yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

Government’s leadership and guided the medical professionals and other stakeholders respond effectively after Cyclone Winston in February.

This were the words of the Fiji Medical Association president Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete yesterday at the end of the three-day annual conference of the 58th Fiji Medical Association attended by about 100 stakeholders at the Pearl South Pacific in Pacific Harbour.

“The Government led by an example that’s very good and when you have very good leadership in terms of a disaster then it’s easy for other stakeholders to become part of it,” Dr Waqainabete said.

He said the medical aspect of recovery had very good responses from the medical non-government organisations (NGO’s) and students from universities who helped as volunteers.

He said after the devastation doctor had to leave their families behind to attend to the injured, sick and stricken.

They played a major role after Tropical Cyclone Winston to help people and give them aid, he said.

With the theme of ‘Innovation in Disaster’ the meeting allowed medical professionals to review, recap and map a way forward for their profession in understanding the extent of their work during Cyclone Winston and improve for future disasters.

Dr Waqainabete said: “Our medical professionals did a very good job after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“We responded to the nation with the best we can do.

“The things we responded, the things we did not do really well and we can learn from, looking into things we did really well and how best we are in achieving those goals and outcomes.”

Dr Waqainabete said the effectiveness of the response they made during the disaster could also be applied to other minor disaster happening daily.

“The disaster does not only have to be a natural disaster, but disasters such as accidents on our road and how we can respond to that as well,” he said.

Dr Waqainabete said no country in the world was free from disasters.

“Road traffic disasters are a major concern on our roads and we are willing to partner with other stakeholders in finding ways and trying to reduce accidents on our road,” he said.

“Doctors deal with road accident patients, injuries and deal with grieving families.”

Dr Waqainabete said the doctors and nurses were well trained on how best to respond and help people during the disasters.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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