7 doctors and 35 nurses for 20,530 people

Naitasiri Medical Subdivision medical officer Dr Ilisapeci Lasaro makes a presentation during the Naitasiri Provincial Council meeting at Sawani Village recently. Picture: ATU RASEA

The Naitasiri Medical Subdivision has only seven doctors and 35 nurses serving 20,530 people.

The subdivisional medical officer, Dr Ilisapeci Lasaro, said they did not have the manpower to provide medical services to the entire province.

She made the comment during the Naitasiri Provincial Council meeting at Sawani Village last week.

Dr Lasaro said the Vunidawa Hospital had only 25 beds and there were four health stations with five nursing stations in the area.

She said they served 14 districts, 128 settlements, 33 primary schools and five secondary schools with a population of more than 20,530 people.

Dr Lasaro said the seven doctors and 35 nurses were carrying the workload and trying their best to ensure people got the medical services they needed.

She said the work ratio was one doctor to 3000 people and one nurse to 590 people.

Under World Health Organization recommendations, she said the ideal work ratio was one doctor to 800 people.

Dr Lasaro said for nurses, the ideal work ratio was one nurse to 250 people.

She said this made their work difficult and it was the reason behind some districts and villages not being able to get medical assistance because the manpower simply could not cater to the workload.

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