The strike by Fiji's Nursing Union is likely to leave the health service with a huge backlog of patients needing treatment.
Most hospitals are only providing emergency care and outpatients, specialist clinics and community health services have been closed to concentrate available staff in areas of greatest need.
The acting Director of the Western Health Division, Dr Eloni Tora, says patients have been trying to look after themselves:
"I would assume that now they are either resorting to traditional medicine, resorting to other avenues to healing. Probably gong to GPs and having to pay for that. Eventually when the stations are open they will be rushing back to be seen."
The acting Director of the Western Health Division, Dr Eloni Tora.