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Waqainabete: No More Baby Deliveries At Nursing Stations

Health centres or subdi­visional hospitals allocated for delivery have the ap­propriate doctors who are trained, midwives who are trained and all the facili­ties to be able to ensure safe delivery by women and we safely receive our children.
06 Sep 2019 12:45
Waqainabete: No More Baby Deliveries At Nursing Stations

Dr Ifereimi Waqaina­bete says the Min­istry of Health does not approve the delivery of babies at nursing stations.

In Parliament yesterday the Health Minister was re­sponding to a question by Opposition Member of Par­liament Ratu Suliano Ma­tanitobua on the progress made in the upgrading of nursing stations in our ru­ral and maritime communi­ties.

He said previously any woman could just turn up at any nursing station to de­liver her baby.

“That isn’t the practice anymore,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“We want to ensure that the health centres or subdi­visional hospitals allocated for delivery have the ap­propriate doctors who are trained, midwives who are trained and all the facili­ties to be able to ensure safe delivery by women and we safely receive our children,” he said.

Dr Waqainabete also high­lighted that the ministry identified nursing stations that would be better served by nurse practitioners.

Because it serves a large population and it’s geo­graphical location, Bouma Nursing station in Taveuni was one nursing station that had been identified by the ministry.

Dr Waqainabete also stated that out of the 38 nursing stations under their upgrad­ing projects, 21 stations had been upgraded and 17 were now in the process.

He expects them to be com­pleted before the end of this year.

The ministry has a total of 99 nursing stations.

Edited by Percy Kean

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