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PM Highlights Importance Of Surgical Plan Consultations

“A survey conducted in 2017 revealed that 67 per cent of our population can access surgical care within two hours of their homes, that we have 5.4 surgeons and surgical support personnel per 100,000 people.
12 Mar 2021 20:06
PM Highlights Importance Of Surgical Plan Consultations
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister for Health Dr. Iferemi Waqainabete, World Health Organisation representative to the South Pacific, Dr.Akeem Ali with participants of the two-day National Surgical Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan consultations at the Tanoa Palaza on March 11, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Ensuring Fijians have access to surgeries that could save lives would be a key issue at the first National Surgical, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Plan consultations, which started in Suva yesterday. Surgeons from all over Fiji are part of this.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the consultations were about improving access to surgeries that could save lives and improve the quality of life for Fijians. He said it was one of the most important things in the health care system.

“I am particularly pleased that this two-day forum is not just a discussion among health professionals, but includes the people who use health services,” he said.

“The need to develop a National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan for Fiji has risen from the global recognition that there is a huge unmet need for surgical care throughout the world.”

Mr Bainimarama highlighted that annually 313 million surgical procedures were performed globally, of which only six per cent happened in the poorest countries, which have over a third of the world’s population.

He said this was a priority highlighted by the World Health Assembly and member states had been called on to strive for universal access to safe and quality surgical and trauma care for all.

“Our infrastructure to deliver this kind of care is better than in most developing countries, but we want to improve it,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“A survey conducted in 2017 revealed that 67 per cent of our population can access surgical care within two hours of their homes, that we have 5.4 surgeons and surgical support personnel per 100,000 people.

“Our mortality rate related to surgery was point eight per cent.”

Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the consultations were supported by the Harvard University’s Postgraduate School of Medicine and the Royal Australian Medical College.

He said they would help in drafting the plan.

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