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Ministry ‘Sorry’ For Mother, Baby Sleeping On Floor

  The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is sincerely apologetic for inconveniences caused to a mother and her new-born baby who had to sleep on the floor at the
12 Mar 2017 11:33
Ministry ‘Sorry’ For Mother, Baby Sleeping On Floor
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The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is sincerely apologetic for inconveniences caused to a mother and her new-born baby who had to sleep on the floor at the Lautoka Hospital recently.

A photo of the mother and baby sitting on a mattress on the floor of the hospital went viral on social media. Many have since questioned the standard of service and care in our public hospitals.

The Ministry of Health, in a statement, said: “The staff of Lautoka Hospital and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is sincerely apologetic for any inconveniences caused in this case as they were unable to offer the mother and baby concerned the level of care that is normally provided.”

The ministry said the incident took place weeks ago when the maternity unit at the Lautoka Hospital was facing an unusually high level of demand from new mothers.

“During the peak hours, with high demand, doctors and nurses work diligently to ensure that all patients’ needs are met in the best way possible,” it said.

“However, at times they are faced with challenges that calls for difficult decisions about how best to use the resources that are available to them – but they always do so with patients’ best interests in mind.”

The ministry has reassured that the level of healthcare at the hospital was not compromised.

“We understand that the mother and baby shown in the Facebook post are both in good health,” the statement further stated.

“With the increased demand and expectations for the health services, there will always be occasions when a hospital is unable to meet every patients’ needs in the best way possible.

“That happens in even the best resourced health systems. When that happens we rely on the expertise of clinical staff to do what is best for their patients.”

Moving forward, the ministry is currently reviewing bed numbers across all hospitals to ensure that resources are properly aligned to patients’ needs.

“The Government tender board is currently considering tenders for the supply of 30 additional beds for the Lautoka Hospital,” said the ministry.

“Once the board has made its decision, the beds should be made available in six to eight weeks.” SHAHANI MALA

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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