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Health challenge

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, July 28, 2014

FIJI needs a better level of sensibility shown towards patients in hospital and is determined to achieve a steady improvement in service delivery.

This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama during the Fiji Health for All Medical Symposium in Suva yesterday.

He said government was playing a catch-up game in terms of the availability of equipment, local specialists, nurses, professional and health caregivers.

"For the first time, Fiji is gaining the opportunity to engage with a major health provider in India the Apollo Hospital Group," Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said.

"Apollo is a major player in the industry with a level of skill and experience that provides us with a great opportunity here in Fiji."

He said through the initiative, we were gaining access to some of the best medical minds in India, in cardiac science, neurosciences, orthopedics, oncology, renal transplant and critical care.

"This is a partnership that holds out the promise to deliver better health care outcomes for ordinary Fijians across a range of discipline," he said.

"The ability to deliver proper standards of health care to meet the needs of ordinary people is a continuing challenge in even the most advanced countries.

"So it is only natural that we face an even bigger challenge in a developing country like Fiji, where the gap between the demand for health services and our ability to supply them is often stretched to the limit."

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