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Enough doctors

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE CWM Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit has an adequate number of personnel to deal with current health situations, says department head Doctor Josese Vuki.

He said there were enough emergency doctors per shift every day — up to four doctors during the day, four doctors working the afternoon shift and two doctors working the graveyard shift.

"We have enough medical personnel to deal with the current health situation unless if there are multiple traumas and severe outbreaks," Dr Vuki said.

He said the common cases they treated were acute febrile illnesses and dengue fever.

Dhirendra Ram of Rewa St said he had to wait almost four hours to be seen by a doctor when he visited the CWMH Accident and Emergency Unit last Sunday.

He said there were many people waiting to be checked, with some lying on benches with drips attached to their arms.

"I had a bit of a breathing problem and went to the CWMH to get checked," he said.

"I can understand the wait because that is always the case anywhere in the world for an emergency department.

"But you could say that there was a shortage of beds because there were people lying on benches with drips."

He thanked the doctors for their hard work and patience as they attended to the patients.

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