Treatment of Hospital Patients Discussed in
Tuvalu.tv, 25 November, 2002
Patients in the Princess Margaret Hospital should only be treated by
doctors and nurses, the Hon Health Minister told Parliament on the first
day of sitting.
Honorable Dr Alesana Kleis Seluka said that the Ministry was trying to
maintain patient care and minimize spreading of infections.
Though Parliament was supposed to adjourn, the Speaker allowed further
discussion on the matter.
The Opposition was concerned about who would provide extra care,
including accompanying patients from the outer islands, patientís
laundry, and non-medical patient support.
Honorable Kausea Natano agreed with the Hon Minister, but asked the
government about expenditure for recruiting assisting nurses for next
The Hon Health Minister told the House that the government plans to
recruit twelve assistant nurses next year, who will need training.
The cost of the assistant nurses was cheaper than the costs of untrained
care givers, the Hon Minister said.