Fiji needs 900 midwives

Fiji Nursing Association members assisted by Volunteer First Responder (Fiji) perform a pre-hospital care exercise during the Fiji Nursing Association symposium at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay conference room on Friday, April 27, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THERE is a need for 900 midwives in Fiji.

This was revealed by the Fiji Nursing Association’s chief nurse and midwifery officer, Silina Ledua who said they have continuously discussed it with Government in the past two years because of the increasing population.

Ms Ledua said this could not be achieved in two or three years because about 20 to 30 midwives were trained every year in Fiji and the need for more midwives could be hardly met.

“We are pushing for the retirement age of midwives to be addressed in order to get them engaged in the workforce,” she said.


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