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Call to conduct health research

Atasa Moceituba
Saturday, August 30, 2014

HEALTH workers in the country need to conduct more research in order to improve health standards and services.

These were the comments made during the Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium workshop in Suva yesterday

NCDs national adviser, Dr Isimeli Tukana in a speech delivered for Health Minister Neil Sharma, said changes needed to be made to the services provided by the ministry.

Dr Tukana said the two-day workshop would remind and help participants realise the importance of conducting research to boost their services.

"The base fact is, we need more research", Dr Tukana said.

"Research is essential to create so that we can make changes we are talking about for sick people and the people's health.

"We need research to give us evidence on what areas we need to improve.

"That evidence can help us in many ways in terms of improving the health of people, it can help better our treatment of people and also help us make our policy better," Dr Tukana said.

He said their landscape had changed from communicable diseases to non communicable diseases.

"There is a change in landscape, not only that, we have issues in NCD but communicable disease is re-emerging like TB, we have to protect the people and the legislation but to do that we need research," Dr Tukana said.

Adding on, he said to deliver evidence based medicine in the Pacific thorough research has to be done.

"We need evidence, and that evidence can be translated into practise, into policy in improving the health system, how much research is happening in the Pacific and we need to learn about them and how can they can helped us in progressing health in all its aspects."

FNU College of Medicine dean, Professor Ian Rouse, said research was one of the distinguishing aspects of universities.

He said the university now had about 10 research centres — including four in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

"The idea of thinking, challenging ideas, forming new hypotheses and then conducting research to uphold or refute one's ideas is of great importance to a centre of learning," Prof Rouse said.