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New Action Plan To Boost Health Services: Akbar

The Fijian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, will undertake new action plans to improve the public health care services in Fiji. This was highlighted by the
27 Sep 2016 10:02
New Action Plan To Boost Health Services: Akbar
Minister for Education,Hertage and Art Mahendra Reddy with Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar at Parliament yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Fijian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, will undertake new action plans to improve the public health care services in Fiji.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, while speaking at Parliament yesterday.

Ms Akbar outlined a number of initiatives that would be implemented to increase the health care accessibility.

The initiatives highlighted included the Nurses Specialisation Programme, arrangement of locum doctors, free medicine programme and capacity building of medical expertise.

“The Ministry embarked on a nursing specialisation programme over the past several years that sent our nurses overseas for attachments in specialised areas.

“These nurses have performed extremely well and have brought knowledge and expertise back to Fiji that they can pass on to their counterparts.

“We are working with the Ministry of Civil Service to develop the remuneration packages and structure that we need to recruit and retain top-talent,” Ms Akbar said.

The Health Ministry will also embark on new measures to reduce the long patient waiting queues in public hospitals.

“We have confirmed that there will be a pooling of locum doctors who can fill in during busy periods to help remedy the doctor shortages we face.

“It is an immediate fix to the service delivery issues that we face until we are able to staff our hospitals appropriately. Substantial resources are allocated towards recruiting doctors from overseas to fill gaps in both the clinical and public health arenas.

“We are currently working intimately with the Ministry of Civil Service to fill those gaps, so far have approved 879 new positions for medical superintendents, consultants, chief, principal and senior medical officers and medical interns and assistants.

“So far we have filled 553 of those positions, and we will continue to seek qualified professionals for the remaining 326 spots.

In the new action plan, the Ministry will aspire to develop hospitals that provides clean environment and professional healthcare services delivered with a lot of compassion and empathy.

By the end of this month, a compiled list of medicines will also be made freely available to those who are eligible, through Government’s Free Medicine Programme.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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