CWM Hospital mess : Health Minister promises solutions

CWM Hospital mess : Health Minister promises solutions

By Marika Rasekaseka
Monday 05/02/2024
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Atonio Lalabalavu

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Atonio Lalabalavu says chronic issues raised by the General and Chief Pediatric Surgeon of the CWM Hospital, Dr Josese Turagava will be solved by the Government of the day together with its staff and partners.

Dr Lalabalavu says what has been highlighted by the Chief Surgeon is the challenges faced by surgeons and the overall health care delivery at CWM Hospital.

He says they have to address the bed blocks, shortage of nurses, shortage of doctors, ageing and dilapidated infrastructure, lack of theatre space and more.

He says the Government is committed to addressing these issues as most are chronic issues and they are doing their best to resolve them.

He further says that the nursing grievances have been addressed and talks about their future progress will continue.

Dr Lalabalavu says on doctors' issues, they are also talking with their specialists about the alternatives and ideas on how they deliver health care.

He says for infrastructure, they have decentralised minor works to relevant cost centres and re-established the Board of Visitors to aid the respective facility management in assisting with various needs that they might have.

The Minister says they have also opened up assistance from the private sector and are discussing with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport on what health facility projects can be prioritised because other initiatives will be initiated this month.

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