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Seaqaqa-Dreketi Corridor Needs Nursing Station

Seaqaqa-Dreketi Corridor Needs Nursing Station
Ropate Vurawaqa of Valelawa settlement in Macuata. Photo: Peni Drauna
July 16
11:59 2015

People living between Seaqaqa and Dreketi want a nursing station in their area.

The issue was raised during the consultation conducted by the Ministry of Finance through the Department of Strategic Planning and National Development for the formulation of five-year and 20-year development plans. Naua resident Ropate Vurawaqa raised concerns about medical services.

In response the divisional planning officer Northern Alipate Bolalevu said there were five teams in the North travelling around in trying to take note of the basic needs of people from grassroots level.

“The consultation is about you people to voice out the basic needs and developments you want in the next five years time,” Mr Bolalevu said.

“We stay in between the two centres where it is 25kilometres to Seaqaqa and 20 kilometres to Dreketi Health Centre,” Mr Vurawaqa said.

He does not want a health centre but a nursing station to cater for the members of communities living in the area.

“Travelling to the centres has been a burden to us as our buses only goes hourly.”

He said many deaths had taken place in communities because health centres were too far away.

“The health centre nurses only carry out school visits but they hardly visit the locals for check-ups,” he said.

Mr Vurawaqa reminded the consultation reps on the urgent need for a nursing centre for the people of Volaca, Naua, Dogiyaga, Matasawalevu and Valelawa.

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