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Minister Praises Health Allocation

Minister Praises Health Allocation
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar on her way to Parliament on July 9, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua.
July 10
12:12 2018

The new Ba Hospital, which is the state-of-the-art facility, has been completed and has been made possible with the budget of $34 million provided by the Government.

It is expected to be handed over by end of this month, Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar revealed this in Parliament while delivering her response to the 2018-2019 National Budget.

She said the New Nakasi Health Centre, which is a level A health centre, has been built with the budget of $4.1 million.  It’s expected to be opened by 4th quarter this year.

Once operational it will provide medical services to the greater Nakasi area and will ease the load from the Valelevu and Nausori health centres.

The third project in progress is the extension for the CWMH Emergency Department, which will create more bed spaces for one of the busiest emergency units at our major divisional hospital in Suva.

“It will greatly boost the hospital’s capabilities to attend to emergency cases in an efficient way.  A total of $250,000 has been invested into much-needed extension services,” Ms Akbar said.

“These new developments will no doubt benefit all Fijians to have access to modernised and state-of-the-art health facilities. It will enable the ministry to intensify its reach out in terms of delivering efficient and quality health services in Fiji that every Fijian family truly deserves.”

She said developments of health facilities would continue with the 2018/2019 budget allocation of FJD$60.5 million dollars for capital development within the health sector.

These are:

$11m towards the extension of the new Colonial War Memorial Hospital Maternity Ward, which will be a state-of-the-art and first of its kind facility dedicated for the women of Fiji;

$11m allocated towards the construction of the Navosa Sub-Divisional Hospital which will serve more than 10,000 Fijians in the Nadroga-Navosa Province;

$1m for the construction of the new Lodoni health centre in Lodoni to ensure high quality health services are provided;

$500,000 has been allocated for the much needed extension of the Korovou Hospital;

$3m to upgrade the hospital operating theatre and X-ray capabilities of the Lautoka Hospital;

$2.5m towards the upgrade of the Valelevu Health Centre to a subdivisional hospital.

Community health workers:

Community health workers are one of the major recipients of assistance in this budget.

“It is indeed a historic recognition that for the very first time, in 40 years of their existence, the network of Community Health Workers, are now recognised. Never before did we see such recognition given to the community health workers.”

The new allocation in the 2018/19 budget of $4.6m will go towards increasing the allowances for 1800 community health workers in Fiji from the previous $50 per month to $200 dollars per month.

“Through this there will be strengthened collaboration between the Community Health Workers and Ministry to co-ordinate the capacity building and training opportunities,” Ms Akbar said.

“They will be equipped with basic medication and equipment that will enhance their role to improve the services to their communities.”

Allocation has also been made for people living with Albinism to be able to purchase sunscreen, a necessity for them and a first in Fiji.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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