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Nurses steadfast during disaster

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

NURSES stationed in flood-affected areas and the outer islands affected by Cyclone Daphne were well prepared leading up to the two natural disasters.

Many of the 97 nursing stations and 68 health centres are manned by nurses.

Ministry of Health's nursing director Selina Ledua said a great number including the Teci Nursing Station in the Yasawa Group were affected during the recent flooding and ensuing cyclone.

She said disaster preparedness was a valuable lesson nurses had learnt in the past.

"Our people in the flood-affected areas and those in the outer islands know the importance of taking weather warnings seriously. Their priority has always been responding to the medical needs of the people they serve," Ms Ledua said.

"They've had to ensure they had ample medical supplies, ensure the continuous accessibility of their health centres to the public, ensuring their facilities were safe so they're always ready to serve the people," she said.

Ms Ledua said the nursing division had been in contact with its staff members in all affected areas, in particular those in the Western Division where the recent flooding hit the hardest.

"Our staff there have been operating on 12-hour shifts and their response times and provisions of medical services to people have been good. While all this was part of our contingency plans, we will continue to assess their performance," she said.


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