1:12 ratio

THE nurse to patient ratio in Fiji stands at one nurse to 12 patients in general hospital wards.

This was revealed by director nursing Selina Waqa during the opening of Nursing Supervisors and Management Symposium at Studio 6 Apartments in Suva on Thursday.

She said the ministry was working on reaching the maximum of 1:1 ratio in specialised wards and that was the intensive chronic care units.

“We are currently working on nurse population ratio and that is 40 nurses per 10,000 population and as we speak we have about 36 nurses per 10,000 population,”she said.

Mrs Waqa also highlighted nursing was the biggest part of the medical model and in order for the model to reach its full potential, nurses must have specialised skills in a specific area.

Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar said the ministry had started to remunerate doctors this year and plans to do the same for nurses was still not clear at this stage.

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