Medical ward, most occupants

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MEDICAL ward at the National Referral Hospital has the highest bed occupation rate with 88 percent, it is reported.

Chief Executive Officer for National Referral Hospital Dr George Malefoasi said according the hospitals statistics medical ward (adult ward) is one of the busiest department in terms of length of admissions (1,090), as well as patient day-care (13,468) in 2020.

“Medical ward has one of the highest bed occupation rate of 88 percent in 2020. Medical ward also has some of the longer stays in the hospital in 2019 it was 14 days average length of stay which slightly reduced in 2020 with 11.8 days,” Malefoasi said.

He said the National Referral Hospital death record from 2018 to 2020 shows medical ward making up 34 percent of all cumulative deaths, 1,688 in total over the three years period.

“And most of these deaths were due to end-stage and NCD complications.

“These statistics showed burden of the diabetes and other NCDs is having an impact on the limited resources and services of the NRH and MHMS,” Malefoasi said.

The sentiments were revealed at the opening of the National Referral Hospital Diabetic centre.