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NFA Completes Investigation into Lautoka Hospital Fire

NFA Completes Investigation into Lautoka Hospital Fire
A nurse holds up an intravenous therapy drip chamber for one of the patients who was evacuated along with all the others to the Lautoka Hospital carpark during the hospital fire on December 5, 2017. Photo: Ravinesh Kumar Maharaj / Facebook
January 12
11:15 2018

Investigations into a fire which destroyed the old oper­ating theatre and the x-ray unit at the Lautoka Hospi­tal last month have been completed.

Although no news could be obtained on the cause of the fire, indications from some hospital sources said it could have been electrical wiring.

National Fire Authority media officer Ritesh Kumar con­firmed the investigation was complete and the report was handed was handed over to the Fiji Police Force.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the report would be looked into.

The fire, which happened at around 1.30am on December 5, 2017 saw the evacuation of all patients from the hospital onto the carpark.

The patients were assisted by nurses, hospital staff, sol­diers, Police officers, corrections officers and some mem­bers of the public.

The x-ray department is now closed after water damaged the x-ray machines. Patients needing x-rays where condi­tions are not that serious are now being referred to Nadi.

All health centres in Lautoka, situated at Kamikamica Park in Rifle Rage, Cakau Street in Waiyavi and at Na­tokowaqa are now open till 10pm daily to cater for outpa­tients.

The centres are also open on Sundays.

Edited by Percy Kean


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