26 Jul 2007

Fiji's Health Ministry appeals for volunteers

9:04 am on 26 July 2007

Fiji's health ministry has appealed for outside assistance to help in hospitals and health centres during the current nurses strike.

The ministry has called on NGOs, religious organisations, women's groups and volunteers to lend a hand.

But the ministry says that after assessing the situation after the first day of the strike, all essential and emergency medical services are coping satisfactorily.

Between 45 and 65 nurses are reported to be at work at the Suva, Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals but special outpatients clinics, surgery and special procedures have been cancelled.

Meanwhile more than 100 soldiers of the military's medical unit are at on standby ready for deployment to hospitals and medical centres.

They include doctors, nurses and para-medical staff.