BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
THE ongoing programme to have clinics open until late has allowed the Honiara City Council (HCC) to have more medical doctors.
The initiative is being piloted at the Kukum clinic.
This was reported to this paper during an exclusive interview with the HCC Nursing services Manger Mr Arain Simbe.
He said the initiative has created an opportunity for HCC to now have seven doctors responsible for the Council’s three zones; eastern, central and western.
Simbe said the increase in HCC’s number of doctors helps against the huge queues of patients at the clinics.
“This opportunity helped nurses working in the three particular zones to have senior physicians assisting them in terms of increased life expectancy and improved well-being in society, dedication of skills for patient cure concerning diseases such as cancer for instance and giving persons diagnosed with terminal illnesses hope of living longer.
“They as well assisted in providing information which contain epidemic when disease outbreak occurred, also work to provide new cures for diseases, running drug tests on consenting patients and alerting the public regarding spreading of diseases to name a few,” he said
Moreover he stressed employing more doctors have been part and passion of HCC strategy to help assist nurses who work during the overlap shift from 7pm till 11pm.
Last week, deputy mayor of HCC Charles Aiwosuga acknowledged the success of the initiative and thanked public for their part in cooperating with the clinic staff.
He reported that there have been positive feedbacks to the initiative, adding that with the success of the pilot programme at Kukum, HCC is eyeing doing the same for Rove clinic.
This is said to be good news for the people of west Honiara.