Inside the National Referral hospital. Photo credit: SIBC.

Inside the National Referral hospital. Photo credit: SIBC.

A workshop on critical care and infection control for local patients is successful at the National Referral Hospital (NRH).

Sponsored by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), it aims to provide knowledge and skills related to infection control procedure for medical staff.

This includes a set of basic personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves and gowns.

Senior nursing specialist Sai-rung Lin says, infection control is a vital issue for patient care and treatment.

The Nursing Specialist adds, rigid infection controls contribute to reducing the mortality of patients, prevent unnecessary medical expenditure and avoid burden on national health system.

A total of 35 participants including nursing staff from NRH, Malaita, Guadalcanal,Central, and Makira Province have been part of the health control program.

Meanwhile, a male nurse working at Gwarata Aid Post in east Fataleka is calling on responsible authorities to quickly send a female nurse to assist him deal with cultural taboos and population size of the community.

SIBC’s Charlie Salini reports from the Gwarata Aid Post.

“A nurse at the Gwarata aid-post in East Fataleka Ben Gwatai has called on the responsible authorities to send a registered nurse to the clinic. Mr. Ben told SIBC News today that the aid-post services about 1,500 people in East Fataleka and for him to work alone at the clinic and serving quite a huge population is difficult. He requested for a female nurse as it is against the custom for him to attend to women giving birth and as he is also from the same area.”

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