THE number of expectant mothers being admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital's maternity unit per year has now exceeded the unit's maximum capacity.
Hospital general manager Major Ned Taito said the maternity unit — originally built to cater for 6000 births per year — was now hosting 9000 births per year.
And to enable the hospital to meet its shortfalls coming from the increased admittance, Major Taito said they were looking at staff members going on 12-hour shifts. Changes have been made to also ensure that nursing and medical staff attending to the expectant mothers were doing so in a comfortable environment.
He said they had equipped the maternity unit with new equipment to help staff members during their shifts.
"We are looking at our staff going on 12-hour shifts and the new equipment will help the staff look after themselves if they need a break," Major Taito said.
He said they had also installed fans in staff rooms without air-conditioning systems.
Major Taito said Fiji's population was increasing which resulted in more birth rates.
He said their was also an increase in population in the Suva-Nausori corridor with almost one fifth of our population now residing there.
The CWMH maternity unit recorded 8216 births last year.