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Dr Waqainabete To Follow Up After First Tour Of Medical Facilities

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says he will follow up on his first tour of the country’s medical facilities. The tour ended at Lautoka yesterday.
23 Dec 2018 13:21
Dr Waqainabete To Follow Up After First Tour Of Medical Facilities
Minster for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete with staff and senior medical officer of the Lautoka Hospital Dr Lavenia Gaunavinaka (right), on December 22, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says he will follow up on his first tour of the country’s medical facilities.

The tour ended at Lautoka yesterday. He visited a number of health centres in the sugar city.

Dr Waqainabete said he now had a fair idea of what needed to be done when he returned to Suva.

He said his assistant minister Alex O’Connor would do a follow-up visit to the West in two weeks.

After that Dr Waqainabete said he would make another visit.

This would continue until all the issues raised and discussed during the maiden visits had been fixed.

While he did not go into detail, it is understood that it involved the changing of mindset.

He stressed to staff yesterday the importance of professionalism, efficiency and facilities.

He said these were important because staff were dealing with people’s lives.

On facilities, Dr Waqainabete said in some cases they had been budgeted for improvement and upgrades. But they had not been done.

“We just need to get on with the job and get it done,” he said.

He said medical professionals needed to maintain their professionalism and competence.

On Wednesday, Dr Waqainabete stayed the night in the interior of Namosi because he wanted to know what the people there faced. He said he discovered that water was a problem and linked to the typhoid cases there.

He said he was able to discuss the issue with the relevant authorities to fix the problem.

 

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