The National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS) held a special awards ceremony on Thursday morning to celebrate the completion of haemodialysis training for 12 nurses.
The course was led by Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea and a team of local doctors and nurses, with the support of the World Health Organisation to provide and coordinate technical support from abroad.
The additional 12 nurses are now qualified to operate dialysis machines and offer patient care for the growing number of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients in Samoa.
The Minister of Health Hon Valasi Toogamaga Tafito delivered the keynote address to congratulate the nurses as well as NKFS and WHO for the intitiave. The Chairman of NKFS, Papalii Dr Samuelu Petaia, gave out the certificates to participants.
RN Tepatasi Mareko delivered a special Vote of Thanks on behalf of the class.
The 32 year old senior nurse from Lufilufi acknowledged Hon Valasi Toogamaga Tafito and thanked WHO for their ongoing support, especially to upskill frontline nurses and health care workers at this crucial time for Samoa amidst global health pandemics.
“Our graduating class are happy to extend our knowledge and skills to include dialysis, so that we can better serve the people of Samoa”.
RN Mareko said the training now allows nurses to operate dialysis machines and care for patients in Acute 8 and the Intensive Care Unit of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) hospital, as well as Savaii.
“Savaii now has two qualified nurses from our graduating class,” she said.
The senior nurse also pleaded with the public to take better care of their health; and be diligent about seeing a doctor immediately if you feel unwell.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a global public health problem and studies show CKD is now recognised as the fourth major cause of death after ischaemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Samoa’s additional Dialysis Trained Nurses:
- RN Adam Levi (Intensive Care Unit)
- RN Bowles Noa (Savaii)
- RN Christian Leaana (Acute 8)
- RN Emmily Tasi (Acute 8)
- RN Eppinesse Lama (Acute 8)
- EN Faletui Elisara (Acute 8)
- RN Foleni Vaalele (Intensive Care Unit)
- RN Kiose Oloialii (Acute 8)
- RN Mavis Nagaseu (MTZ)
- RN Millie Mikaele ( ICU)
- RN Sosene Laasaga (ICU)
- RN Tepatasi Mareko (Acute 8)