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Poll results reveal health need

Nasik Swami
Saturday, August 02, 2014

THE public believes Fiji needs more qualified doctors and nurses, the Tebbutt-Times Poll revealed.

When asked what the top priority was moving forward for health in the country, 28 per cent of the 1028 surveyed in Suva, Nasinu, Lami, Nausori, Nadi, Lautoka and Ba areas said they would like to see more qualified doctors and nurses in the future, making it the highest response.

The poll revealed the call for more qualified nurses and doctors were even mentioned by more of those aged 35 years and older.

According to the survey, 29 per cent of males and 27 per cent of females requested more qualified doctors while 17 per cent males and 22 per cent females said they wanted better services, facilities and technology in hospitals.

The survey further revealed 12 per cent of females and 8 per cent of males wanted health professionals to improve the manner in which they deal with patients, be polite and spend longer time with them.

Out of the 1028 surveyed, 7 per cent of those above the age of 45 years said they wanted more health centres and hospitals.

Those surveyed also revealed patient waiting time at hospitals around the country was an area of concern.

According to the polls, secondary suggestions for health priorities moving forward included improvement in the manners of medical staff members, with 10 per cent saying they would like to see more politeness and more time taken with patients.

Medicines featured, with 8 per cent suggesting better stocks and improved availability of medicines should be a priority in the future.

Overall, the survey noticed a consistency in public opinion about the future priorities, with all age groups, locations and both genders mentioning these two issues as their top two priorities moving forward.

Respondents were also asked to mention the most positive changes in health in recent years that they were aware of, and the answers provided varied.

The most frequently mentioned positive changes were better and faster service, more hospitals and health centres, including decentralisation and better equipment, facilities and upgrades.

A total of 8 per cent of those polled mentioned they were happy with longer opening hours, 7 per cent mentioned cheaper clinics, while 5 per cent said they were happy with better doctors and health advertisements.

The other positive changes included more nurses, better nurses, getting rid of mosquitoes and the dengue campaigns, home visits and work in the anti-tobacco areas.

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