18 Nov 2004

Migration of nurses from Fiji costing millions

10:12 am on 18 November 2004

The resignation and migration of nurses from Fiji is reported to be costing the country millions of dollars.

The Fiji Times reports that this year alone the migration of 36 nurses has cost Fiji US$2.1 million.

The newspaper says the figures have been produced by the ministry of health and researchers at the Fiji School of Medicine.

The Fiji School of Nursing plans to increase its intake next year from 130 to 200.

As well, the South Indian cultural organisation, SANGAM, which runs many schools, has set up its own nursing training centre in Labasa.