7 Apr 2015

UN looks at medical workload shift in Vanuatu

1:20 pm on 7 April 2015

The United Nations and the Vanuatu Government are looking at ways to ease the workload on national health authorities as emergency medical teams start to leave the country.

Damaged wards

Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

The Pacific Representative for UNICEF, Karen Allen who is in Port Vila says many lives have been saved by the 15 emergency medical teams from various countries including New Zealand but she says their work is coming to an end.

"What we are looking at now with the Ministry of Health and the WHO is how to replace those emergency medical teams as they began to leave. With the Ni-Vanuatu doctors and nurses that need to get back to work and for that they need some resources."

Karen Allen says the many lives saved by the international emergency medical teams has been one of the biggest positives

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