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Paramedical Services To Boost Medical Services: O’Connor Highlights

The Ministry of Health will be introducing Paramedical Services raising the standard of ambulatory services to another level. This was highlighted by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services
30 Nov 2018 10:15
Paramedical Services To Boost Medical Services: O’Connor Highlights
Colonial War Memorial Hospital Medical Registrar Dr. Praneel Krishna (left) with Parliament Speaker, Dr. Jiko Luveni during free medical check for Parliamentarians on November 29, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Ministry of Health will be introducing Paramedical Services raising the standard of ambulatory services to another level.

This was highlighted by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’Connor while delivering his speech in Parliament yesterday.

He said the ward nurses and drivers would undergo an eight to nine-month course before they were assigned to specially outfitted ambulances.

The ambulances are already in the process of delivery.

Mr O’Connor added that the Ministry would also be providing the Community Health Workers with an insulated cubicle as a workstation to tend the sick. This is to further enhance their existence.

They would also have access to a computer to assist in the collation of patient information that could be uploaded to the Patient Information System Database held at the Divisional Hospitals.

He also stated that the government has already embarked on some of the initiatives of the National Development Plan which was launched in Bonn last year.

As a result, Mr O’Connor said there has been an increase in the overall life expectancy of Fijians and an improved health outcome including the decline in maternal and infant mortality rates.

PARAMEDICAL SERVICES

The scope of practice of a paramedic varies among countries, but generally includes autonomous decision making around the emergency care of patients.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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