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Department of Health concerned about staff well-being – FBC News

The Ministry of Health has expressed growing concerns about the well-being of its staff during the pandemic.

As the pandemic enters its third year, the Ministry of Health has had to maintain operations in emergency mode for much of that time.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says that at present their staff are assisting with COVID-19 response operations, facilitating the health response to the current adverse weather conditions, assisting with the NDMO response which will also deploy to the volcano eruption impacted Lau Group islands, while maintaining their normal non-COVID functions as much as possible.

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According to Dr Fong, according to the World Health Organization, there is data showing that more than 1 in 4 healthcare workers globally have experienced mental health issues during the pandemic and several countries have reported that health care workers were considering leaving or had left their jobs due to hardship. working conditions, personnel constraints and the distress of making life-and-death decisions every day under intense pressure.

For this reason, the Health SP says there is an urgent need to protect the well-being of its medical staff by ensuring they rest and look after their families.

Dr Fong says they are working on initiatives to ensure their staff return to normal working hours and take advantage of official leave accrued over the past year.

Dr Fong points out that health workers and frontline workers have been doing their best for two years to protect as many people as possible; Fijians must now do their part to protect them, by getting vaccinated and taking precautions to avoid getting infected or infecting someone else.

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