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Gov’t to ensure sufficient number of nurses to meet country’s fast growing population

PM Hon. M. Sogavare garlanded on arrival at the celebration grounds (Town Ground). Photo: OPMC Press
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By Timothy Inifiri Jr

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says that the responsibility to ensuring that Solomon Islands recruit and train the sufficient number of nurses to meet the needs of the country’s fast growing population entirely rests with the government.

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PM Sogavare made this statement in his keynote address in marking The International Nurse and Midwives Day Anniversary celebrations yesterday (12 May 2023) in Honiara.

“That is why DCGA in its policy statement pledges its commitment and ambitions to develop Solomon Islands into a nation that is economically strong, firm and sustainable, while socially advancing the livelihood of its people by reflecting on drawbacks from our past and drawing on experiences to meet challenges into the future”.

“DCGA through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is currently implementing the flagship policy, the Role Delineation Policy to support achieving the government’s vision of empowering Solomon Islanders to attain a meaningful quality of life”.

The Prime Minister also added that the Role Delineation Policy sets out the pathway for health services’ provision across the country in support of the objectives of the National Health Strategic Plan and the ultimate goal of achieving universal health coverage for the people of this nation.

With MHMS currently reviewing the Nursing Council Act, Sogavare highlighted that the review is to ensure professional caters such as nursing and their competencies and practice are improved and enhanced to further strengthen and improve the capacity and capabilities in healthcare service provision to the country.

“Consultations on the Health Services act review has also started last year and I encourage all of you nurses and health professionals to own and participate in the process”, Sogavare urged the hundreds of health workers attending the event.

Sogavare also added that nurses play a central role in the implementation phase of all the developments.

Prime Minister Sogavare on behalf of the government and the people of Solomon Islands also congratulated the nurses for their exemplary role in upholding the nation’s health care system.

“Nurses are always in the frontline of health care. They blend principles of health services with the art of caring to provide patient comfort and recovery”.

“Apart from all of these, nurses also aid as patient advocates, health educators, promoters and coordinators of different health care services”, said PM Sogavare.

Meanwhile, with the International Nurse Day event celebrated by all nurses in the country and around the world, Prime Minister Sogavare also said that the celebration marks a special day to recognize and appreciate the selfless dedication and commitment of nurses in the country.

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