Govt puts money on train­ing doc­tors

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Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated $1.16 mil­lion to train doc­tors here in Fiji. This was re­vealed by Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Jone Usa­mate in Par­lia­ment. He said the na­tional Bud­get placed em­pha­sis on hu­man re­sources and the new fi­nan­cial year would also look at the in­creas­ing of doc­tors’ salary be­tween 56 to 81 per cent. “They are very im­por­tant com­po­nents. We will be able to de­velop them, we will be able to re­tain them and will be able to de­velop a co­hort and to al­low us to ad­dress the kind of things that we need in the coun­try,” Mr Usa­mate said.

He said another $0.5 mil­lion for the train­ing of other cadres and another $180,000 specif­i­cally for the nurses in the Fiji Col­lege of Medicine, Nurs­ing and Health Ser­vices. Mr Usa­mate also said the min­istry, for the past years has seen the im­por­tance of spe­cial­ist doc­tors. He said they had been work­ing with the Fiji Na­tional Uni­ver­sity to put to­gether a pro­gramme to de­velop spe­cial­ists. “We now have around doc­tors un­der­go­ing their train­ing pro­gramme to be­come spe­cial­ists. 11 have al­ready grad­u­ated with their Masters pro­gramme,” Mr Usa­mate said. “Another 11 have un­der­taken their post grad­u­ate at­tach­ments after they com­pleted their Masters Train­ing pro­gramme.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

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