Makoi maternity unit on 24-hour operation

Makoi Maternity Unit staff with expectant mothers during their clinic early this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Makoi Maternity Unit is now operating 24 hours and seven days a week.

Members of the public, particularly expectant mothers are advised that this maternity facility has been designed to conduct low risk maternity deliveries.

It has been noted that the facility carried out four deliveries this month and it is gearing up for 30 deliveries in October.

Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar visited the unit early this week and discussed new developments with the team there.

She said the expansion of services at the Makoi Maternity Unit reflected the Government’s ongoing commitment to provide safe, accessible and efficient quality care for mothers.

“Ambulatory services at the Makoi Maternity Unit have been fully operational since the opening of the Unit in February this year. These services include Maternal Child Health care, Antenatal clinics, booking clinics and postnatal clinics,” Ms Akbar said.

“The Unit has commenced the low risk birth deliveries earlier this month. The Unit is also expected to handle up to 100 deliveries per month as it gradually progresses towards achieving its full capacity.

“The low risk deliveries done at the Makoi Maternity Unit will ease the load at CWM Hospital maternity.”

It was noted in a Government statement that on average, the Makoi Maternity Unit attended to 300 mothers a month through the antenatal clinics with 119 new bookings recorded for the months of July and August this year.

The Unit has also broadened the health care services for child care and primary care services all under one roof.

The Makoi Maternity Unit has a team of 21 midwives, led by Senior Midwifery Officer Sera Tuvakei who comes with over 14 years of experience in midwifery services. The team also comprises of a medical doctor, ward assistants and administration staff.

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