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Senior Medics Encouraged to Guide Others

Senior managers at northern health facilities have been reminded about the importance of their role in the professional development of the health workforce. This was highlighted during the Minister for
10 Feb 2017 11:53
Senior Medics Encouraged to Guide Others

Senior managers at northern health facilities have been reminded about the importance of their role in the professional development of the health workforce.

This was highlighted during the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar’s visit to the northern division health facilities last week.

Ms Akbar said the professional coaching would be particularly instrumental in developing the young workforce.

“Senior managers, as leaders it’s very important that you guide and mould your staff, as we have a young workforce across our health centres and hospitals.

“As seniors please guide and mentor them, share your experiences with them during the professional development sessions so that they are aware of their line of work and the expectations of the public.

“Take them through the public service code of conduct and values, because we are public servants and we must perform our roles with diligence.

“Nurture the values of care and compassion towards those we serve. Keep the patients informed, it makes them feel cared for and reassures them.

“Through your outreach programmes, please advocate for individuals and families to take care of their health, to be aware of the importance of healthy lifestyle and wellness to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” Ms Akbar said.

She also spoke about the progress achieved in the northern health facilities.

“I was very impressed when I was informed that waiting time at the Nasea Health Centre takes less than an hour.

“And actually sometimes patients are seen within the first 20 minutes, but the maximum time it takes is about an hour or so there is improvement and hats off to the doctors and staff who work there.

“There are vacant positions that need to be filled, we advertised 243 vacant positions for nurses and we are processing it and once that gets filled and we will be able to allocate nurses where there is a need.

“In terms of locum doctor appointment, that is going well, but it’s a short term solution. In terms of recruiting doctors from overseas, that is with the Ministry of Civil Service and we are constantly talking about proceeding with that. We are moving forward in the right direction to deliver the mandated services to the Fijian people,” she said.

As part of her visit to the northern health facilities last week, Ms Akbar visited Labasa Hospital, Northern Divisional Health Services, Nasea Health Centre, and Seaqaqa Health Centre and Northern Dialysis Centre.

 



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