Hope for more biomedical engineers

FIJI has the services of only one qualified biomedical engineer, says Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Services associate dean Dr Berlin Kafoa.

He said the reason for this could be the lack of awareness regarding the biomedical field.

“I think the interest is there but the awareness is not,” Dr Kafoa said.

“People are not too aware that there is a field such as this one.

“Generally, they start off with electrical and electronics and then they go on to biomedical training.

“A country like Fiji needs about three biomedical engineers.”

However, Dr Kafoa said Fiji had people at the technician level.

“In response to the need for biomedical technicians, FNU will start — under the engineering college — a biomedical course in 2015 and that is a good start because the region is calling for it,” Dr Kafoa said.

He said as awareness grew, more people would also join the field.