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Government’s Decentralisation Plan for Health Services Is Bearing Fruit

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqanaibete has praised Government’s decentralisation plan in as far as health services are concerned. He says the plan meant more efficiency in
26 Dec 2018 12:58
Government’s Decentralisation Plan for Health Services Is Bearing Fruit
CWM Hospital Nursing Unit Manager and Supervisor Tagiyaco Vakaloloma (left), with nurses working on Christmas Day at the CWM Hospital in Suva on December 25, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqanaibete has praised Government’s decentralisation plan in as far as health services are concerned.

He says the plan meant more efficiency in health services.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqanaibete.  Photo: DEPTFO News

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqanaibete.
Photo: DEPTFO News

Dr Waqainabete was referring to statistics which revealed that the opening of Makoi Low Risk Delivery Unit took a massive load off the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s birth units.

This was revealed by the nurses at CWM yesterday who shared with the Fiji Sun some statistics on the number of babies they delivered at the main public hospital in the Central Division.

Compared with the past four years, babies delivered in 2018 stood at 6962 until November. This is the lowest number of births in CWM in recent years.

CWM records show the number of babies delivered in the past years are:

Dr Waqainabete said the idea behind the building of the birth unit in Makoi was bearing fruits now.

The Makoi unit opened in February.

He said Government’s policies introduced over the years are geared towards making public hospitals more efficient.

“To make this happen, the Bainimarama Government established staffing and equipment. This is a great a great example of the Government’s desire to decentralise and bring efficiency to health care.”

The unit at Makoi is staffed with senior midwives and oversight provided by senior obstetricians from CWM.

Maternity Unit celebrates Christmas day with patients, delivering babies... They are some of the first people a newborn will encounter when they come into the world. At the Colonial War Memorial Hospital maternity unity delivery theatre, staff members spent their Christmas Day helping expecting mothers deliver their babies. Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year, the staff work tirelessly to ensure a smooth running of their unit in Suva.  Photo: Ronald Kumar

They are some of the first people a newborn will encounter when they come into the world. At the Colonial War Memorial Hospital maternity unity delivery theatre, staff members spent their Christmas Day helping expecting mothers deliver their babies. Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year, the staff work tirelessly to ensure a smooth running of their unit in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

At CWM Hospital

Meanwhile, on Christmas Day yesterday six babies were born at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM).

Another three pregnant mums were in labour when this edition went to press.

Nursing Unit Manager and Supervisor Tagiyaco Vakaloloma said yesterday it was special for the mothers to deliver babies on Christmas Day.

“It is the best feeling,” she said.

Ms Vakaloloma has been working at the CWM Hospital since 2001 and has lost count of the number of babies she has delivered.

“We are always happy because we are the first ones to witness life. The feeling is something different,” she said.

“When the baby starts crying it’s the best feeling and if there is no crying then the environment is totally different. This is the only place where the first time a baby cries is appreciated because that is a sign of life.”

Ms Vakaloloma said as a mother of three daughters she knew how a woman felt after delivering her first baby.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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