New radio training to reach 5000 health staff

Monday July 13, 2020 Written by Published in Health

With most Pacific countries’ borders closed to the world, health experts have launched a brave new radio show to help train doctors and nurses for Covid-19 and much more.

Cook Islands is part of the Health Care on Air Pacific training, to be aired on radio and other communication platforms for front-line healthcare workers.

It has been supported by 13 other Pacific Countries like Fiji and Nauru, as well as international children’s agency UNICEF, and the United States, New Zealand and Japan.

UNICEF Pacific Representative Sheldon Yett said that majority of nurses and midwives in the Pacific were located in remote rural areas and outer islands, and often missed out on regular trainings and updates.

Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, launched the training on behalf of the Pacific Island countries.

He said one of the greatest challenges currently facing healthcare systems in the Pacific was how to provide frontline healthcare workers with training on managing Covid-19 infections when they arise – while continuing to deliver quality essential health services to the most remote and hard to reach populations.

More than 5,000 Pacific front-line healthcare workers are expected to benefit from this first ever regional training.

It is supported by the World Health Organization and the Pacific Community, in order to enhance the knowledge, skills and confidence health workers need to protect themselves and deliver the best quality services during this pandemic.

The training will be aired over a period of six months with a total of 33 broadcasts of 30-minutes each, that aim to support governments to connect practicing nurses and midwives with the opportunity to learn, share information, and incorporate new World Health Organization guidance on COVID-19.

The teaching and learning methodology developed for Health Care on Air Pacific will also be included in the national nursing accreditation systems for in-service professional development. 

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