New SI health worker graduates trained and equipped to handle paediatric cases

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DEAR EDITOR, a recent article published in the Island Sun newspaper this week, told of 14 health workers from the National Referral Hospital (NRH) having just graduated under the Sydney Children Hospital Programme which has enabled them to boost their skills and confidence when managing local paediatric complexities.

Dr Gane Simbe was reported as having said during a graduation ceremony last week,”I believe the Sydney Child Health Programme, International Postgraduates Paediatrics Certificates (IPPC) and the International Postgraduate Paediatric Nurse Certificates (IPPNC) are part of reducing child mortality.”

Dr Simbe also added, “Reducing child mortality is a fundamental millennium development goal set by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 and it is this goal that the health workers are working towards.”

While offering congratulations to the 14 newly qualified graduates, I wish them all success in managing the duties they are now better trained to undertake in the service of paediatric health care.

My appreciation also to the Sydney Child Health authorities for the excellent Postgraduate Paediatric and Nursing programmes available to the Solomon Islands MOHMS and health workers in particular.

Yours sincerely

FRANK SHORT

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