THE Health Ministry has recruited 76 new doctors and increased its nurse intake to 200 this year.
And Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma believes the record intake will improve health services around the country.
"The Health Ministry has taken a proactive approach to address manpower shortages and as such will increase the availability of human resources in health service delivery," Dr Sharma said.
"From the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine (University of Fiji) 33 doctors graduated, 40 doctors from the FNU and three doctors from outer islands," he said in an Information Ministry statement released yesterday.
He said the three graduates from the region would remain in Fiji to complete their internship.
They will be part of the 76 graduate doctors posted to the three divisional hospitals.
"The ministry will also recruit about 200 nurses, who will graduate from the Fiji National University and TISI Sangam School of Nursing."
"This is in line with Cabinet's approval for absorption of 200 nurses per year for the next five years and this will see an increase in establishment of 1000 nurses."
He said the ministry was awaiting results of nurses, who would pass registration, of the Fiji Nurses Council.