Need to assist obstetric care

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar is garlanded at the opening of the Reproductive Health Symposium at the GPH. Picture: ATU RASEA

EMERGENCY obstetric care is an issue for Fiji and the need to facilitate access for timely care is clearly apparent.

These were the views shared by Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar while officiating at the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health symposium at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Tuesday night.

“I understand that the purpose of the series of workshops is to educate, and train Fiji and Pacific- based reproductive health workers in various skills,” Ms Akbar said. “The trained professionals who are doctors, midwives, nurses, researchers and health planners will be deemed trained champions and will be given resources so they can train other health professionals in Fiji and the region.

“I am pleased to say that the reproductive health indicators in Fiji have indicated a general trend of progress and improvements over the years.”

She said the contraceptive prevalence rate had increased over the years from 30 per cent to 44 per cent for women of child bearing age however there was still high unmet need among youths.

“The Ministry in partnership with (United Nations Population Fund) UNFPA has also developed a comprehensive training package for health workers on family planning method and counseling for women which has seen an increased offer of family planning options,” she said.

“Our Scope of practice for nurses has been reviewed and modified to allow nurses to insert and remove jadelle in their facility provided they have been trained and certified under the new training package, most health centre’s can provide up to four modern contraceptive services.”

She added modern contraceptive were also available up to nursing station level in Fiji which ensured universal access to women of child bearing age.

“The reproductive health services is an important component of all maternal health services and public health services such as maternal child health, family planning clinics and outreach services for the health ministry,” she said.

She added the ministry allocated funding of $200,000 each year for maternal and reproductive health capacity building programs for the staff.

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