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Dr Ifer­eimi Waqainabet­e says the Min­istry of Health does not ap­prove the de­liv­ery of ba­bies at nurs­ing sta­tions. In Par­lia­ment yesterday the Health Min­is­ter was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion by Op­po­si­tion Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ratu Su­liano Matan­i­to­bua on the progress made in the upgrading of nurs­ing sta­tions in our ru­ral and mar­itime com­mu­ni­ties.

He said pre­vi­ously any wo­man could just turn up at any nurs­ing station to de­liver

her baby.

“That isn’t the practice any­more,” Dr Waqainabet­e said.

“We want to en­sure that the health cen­tres or sub­di­vi­sional hos­pi­tals al­lo­cated for de­liv­ery have the ap­pro­pri­ate doc­tors who are trained, mid­wives who are trained and all the fa­cil­i­ties to be able to en­sure safe de­liv­ery by women and we safely re­ceive our chil­dren,” he said.

Dr Waqainabet­e also high­lighted that the min­istry iden­ti­fied nurs­ing sta­tions that would be bet­ter served by nurse prac­ti­tion­ers.

Be­cause it serves a large pop­u­la­tion and it’s geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, Bouma Nurs­ing station in Tave­uni was one nurs­ing station that had been iden­ti­fied by the min­istry.

Dr Waqainabet­e also stated that out of the 38 nurs­ing sta­tions un­der their upgrading projects, 21 sta­tions had been up­graded and 17 were now in the process. He ex­pects them to be com­pleted be­fore the end of this year.

The min­istry has a to­tal of 99 nurs­ing sta­tions.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Op­po­si­tion Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment Inosi Kuridrani (left) and Ratu Su­liano Matan­i­to­bua out­side Par­lia­ment on Septem­ber 5, 2019.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment Parveen Bala, Op­po­si­tion MP Mikaele Leawere and As­sis­tant Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Joseph Nitya Nand out­side Par­lia­ment on Septem­ber 5, 2019.

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