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EHRTC WRAPS UP HEARING WITH SITE VISITS TO NRH AND SINU

TUESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2016

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From Left Jasmine Waleafea (EHRTC Secretariat) Dr. Rooney Jagily (Hospital Superintendent) Hon. Dickson Mua (EHRTC acting Chairman) Hon. Peter Tom (EHRTC member) and Dr. Steve Aumanu (NRH CEO) pose for a photo shoot at the newly constructed sea wall at NRH

The Parliamentary Education and Human Resources Training Committee (EHRTC) wrapped up their first part of inquiry into the Trainings of Medical and Health Practitioners for Solomon Islands with a site visit to the National Referral Hospital and the School of Nursing and Allied Health Science at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), on Friday 23rd September.

This was after the Committee conducted hearings with relevant stakeholders over 2 days at the Parliament Conference room on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September respectively.

The site visit was to allow Members of the Education and Human Resources Training Committee to see for themselves how these two institutions operated and the types of training trainee nurses at SINU acquired, and how our Cuban trained doctors put into practice what they attained from their training.

At the National Referral Hospital the Committee was met and briefed by the NRH CEO Dr. Steve Aumanu and the Hospital Superintendent, Dr Rooney Jagily in a short presentation on the current status of the hospital as well as their relocation plans which is now forthcoming.

The Committee Members then took time to visit some of the hospital’s major wards including the Hospital Kitchen and Laundry Department. It is obvious t that the number of medical Doctors and nurses were outnumbered by the number of sick patients.

Also the visit to the School of Nursing and Allied Health Science at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) gave the opportunity for the (EHRTC) to see and get firsthand information on the number of trainee nurses enrolled and their medical apparatus or equipment for training.

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Visit to the School of Nursing and Allied Health Science at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU).

Both the Acting Vice-Chancellor Donald Malasa and the Dean of Nursing Miss VersilynIsom clarified to the committee that the medical equipment or apparatus used in their lab were not enough to train our future medical practitioners.

EHRTC members posh with the Dean of Nursing Miss Versilyn Isom and the acting Pro Chancellor of SINU Donald Malasa inside the Nursing laboratory.
EHRTC members posh with the Dean of Nursing Miss Versilyn Isom and the acting Pro Chancellor of SINU Donald Malasa inside the Nursing laboratory.

“We need some more computers in our computer lab to cater for the increasing number of trainee nurses for their on-line courses recommended by the WHO” the Dean of Nurse further explains.

During the two days enquiry, the Chairman of the Parliamentary (EHRTC) Hon. Nestor Giro had reiterated that his committee wanted to ascertain the doubts that the public has on some of our trained medical practitioners recently.

“That is why my Committee took the time last week to discuss with relevant stakeholders about the standards and certifications that will qualify medical practitioners to serve as human resources for the country,” Hon. Giro said.

Hon Giro told stakeholders that the submissions and information gathered during the inquiry will be compiled and put together in a report that will be presented to Parliament.

It is understood that the Committee plans to examine the types and relevancy of trainings that our trainee medical doctors, nurses, dentist and other health care practitioners have received and are receiving.

The Committee plans to conduct the second part of the hearing in the provinces next year 2017.

Relevant ministries and organizations that appeared before the Education committee during the first part inquiry last week include: the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trades, SINU and Private Medical Practitioners in Honiara.

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