Dr Tereapii Uka the Director of Community Health Services says these islands do not have resident doctors therefore they are encouraging more new nurses and have up-skilled a number of them to become nurse practitioners (NPs).
“I have a lot of respect for nurses and the NPs are very well trained, they can treat patients,”
At present, Aitutaki is the only outer island that has permanent doctors – Dr Moe and Dr Ei.
The ministry has introduced the “Flying Doctors” and Mitiaro has been the first to benefit from it.
Flying Doctors will see each island visited by a doctor for a period of time seeing patients then returning to Rarotonga.
Applications by the Ministry of Health for the Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, maintenance workers, groundsmen and infection control cleaners close on October 15.