20 Feb 2014

Fiji nurses have holidays cancelled due to dengue

4:33 pm on 20 February 2014

The head of the Fiji Nursing Association says all nurses have had their pending annual leave cancelled indefinitely because of a dengue fever outbreak.

The Ministry of Health says more than 2,500 people have so far tested positive to the mosquito-borne disease, with the majority of cases recorded in the Suva area.

Salaneta Matiavi says the Director of Nursing says extra nurses are needed to help hospitals cope with the outbreak.

And that is what is happening right now. All the nurses that are due for leave are held up so that they are ready and available for the patients or the clients that come in and they are needing help and assistance.

Salaneta Matiavi says the situation is an emergency and the nurses will be given their leave once the dengue outbreak is over.