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Remodelling Exercise Ensures Normative Health Care Delivery

The ministry has gone through a remodeling exercise where we pushed out more outreach-based services, including sending our specialists to be able to do clinics in our health centres in the subdivisions in hospitals,”
03 Jun 2021 14:27
Remodelling Exercise Ensures Normative Health Care Delivery
MASK UP AND SANITISE...Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama outside Parliament on June 2, 2021. Photo: Parliament News

Question: Member of Parliament Alvick Maharaj to ask the Minister for Health and Medical Services – Can the minister inform Parliament how the ministry has been able to continue to provide core health activities for non COVID diseases?

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has had to undertake a remodeling exercise to ensure that the delivery of their normative functions are not affected by the pandemic.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said there has been significant challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chain and management systems for medicine and medical supplies.

“The ministry has gone through a remodeling exercise where we pushed out more outreach-based services, including sending our specialists to be able to do clinics in our health centres in the subdivisions in hospitals,” he said.

“This has all come in a way to be able to help us in terms of maintaining our normative work.”

Dr Waqainabete said health Inspectors were still at work continuing their environmental services in ensuring the country was prepared for the upcoming cyclone season.

“The major hospitals have maintained the essential health services, but with the support that’s been provided and with our health inspectors continuing with environmental health services of ensuring that we mitigate for the resurgence of communicable diseases such as LTDD (Leptospirosis, Typhoid, Dengue and Diarrhoea).”

He added that the ministry continues to send patients overseas who need to be treated.

“We’ve also transferred 11 patients abroad since January 1, this year, and of course spending more than $120,000 Fijian dollars.

“We have also sent 12 patients to New Zealand under the medical scheme that we share with New Zealand. “

 

FEMAT Hospitals

He added that upon closure of the Nadi and Lautoka containment zones, the Sigatoka and Rakiraki Hospitals were able to handle emergency cases with specialised teams being deployed to these small hospitals.

“During the time the Lautoka Hospital was sequestrated, the FEMAT Field Hospital was able to triage patients, general outpatient, outpatient services, and dental clinic, maternity and surgical services,” he said.

“This was also supported by the Marine Vessel VEIVUETI which was berthed at the Lautoka Wharf.”

He added that the field hospital was able to see more than 1562 patients, out of that 359 of them needed to have dental treatment, 170 were admitted, 65 surgical operations were carried out on MV VEIVUETI and 69 mothers underwent deliveries at the field hospitals.

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