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Shortage of medics a thing of the past

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, January 20, 2013

THIRTY-FIVE new doctors have joined the Ministry of Health with 54 nurses joining soon.

This has been revealed by Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma.

He says another 200 nurses are expected to join the field.

He said there were 2200 nurses and about 500 doctors in Fiji.

About 120 of these doctors are private practitioners while the rest are employed by the ministry.

And according to Dr Sharma shortages of nurses and doctors will become a thing of the past as the Ministry of Health pursues plans to improve capacity building for 2013.

He reassured members of the public that the number of doctors and nurses were "increasing quite substantially".

"A total of 35 new doctors have joined with 54 nurses also coming on board and with an additional 200 expected to join in March," Dr Sharma said.

Dr Sharma said 16 nurses were undertaking short-term neurology courses in India.

The minister also highlighted that the ministry has put in place better management skills ranging from improving medication supply to minimising its wastage.

"Wastage of medication has decreased to 1 per cent compared to the previous years with escalating number but we will be monitoring and evaluating these issues to ensure that efficiency is prioritised," Dr Sharma said.


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