Health care system

OUR health care system has been a subject of many debates for a number of reasons, many of them negative.

Buoyed at one stage by allegations ranging from delays during the consultation process to over-crowding, the system has, over the years, gone through phases designed to improve services.

Whether they have been effective or otherwise is a contentious issue for many people.

It is good to see change though.

Positive changes can gradually wipe off set perceptions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the system.

Surely, it is not going to be easy to get rid of negative perceptions that have remained over our health care system though.

Any effort to make a change and a difference is encouraging and could have an impact on nurturing confidence in the system.

It is a scenario people want, one where they have confidence in, and are reassured by processes in our health care system.

The revelation that the World Health Organization will carry out an investigation into the deaths of four babies at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva from a suspected bacterial infection is thus welcomed.

As our report on the front page yesterday outlined, an investigator from WHO will arrive in the country today to look into the deaths.

It comes in the wake of the second outbreak this year of acinetobacter baumannii, a drug resistant bacterium labelled by the WHO as sitting on top of the world’s list of 12 deadliest bacteria.

It is the first time for such a probe by WHO.

CWM Hospital’s acting medical superintendent Dr James Fong confirmed the ministry would meet WHO officials to brief them on the situation.

He said they would be looking through the system and would also look at our infection control measures and reviewing ways and means that we can reduce the risk of the bug contaminating people who are sick.

Surely, any such probe should be welcomed.

They allow us to improve our systems to meet the highest standards on the global scale.

That obviously has to be good for the hospital and eventually for the patients.

There undoubtedly will be many questions asked.

But as we await their findings, surely action to address any shortfall can only be positive, and should improve confidence in this part of our health care system.

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