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Fiji child mortality rate decreasing

November 21, 2012 11:58 pm

Child survival rate in intensive cares in hospitals has improved significantly around the country.

CWM’s Director of Intensive Care Services Dr Vereniki Raiwalui says this has risen to eighty percent compared to sixty seven percent the previous years.

“Despite the deliveries at 8000 and receiving 700 patients in the pediatric, neo-natal and intensive care unit, we’re seeing an improvement in the care of patients and see those who survive intensive care and who go on to live outside of the hospital. That is one of the greatest outcomes to be able to see our children despite having to go through a period where they are very sick, they require life support and to come out of that and have a functional successful life"

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Raiwalui says the biggest contributor to good pediatric care is the development and processes of child health care in public health and curative sector.

Additionally, the development of personal training of doctors and nurses is instrumental.

As well as the introduction of different vaccines sees the increase of research in the development and reduction of mortality.

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