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Villagers’ Prayers Answered

Villagers’ Prayers Answered
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with students, villagers, guests and officials during the opening of the Vatukarasa Nursing Station on August 8, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
August 09
10:22 2018

Five years ago villagers of Vatukarasa, Nameka and Natuva in Tailevu prayed for a nursing station to be opened in the area to cater for their health needs.

Yesterday that prayer was answered by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama when he officially opened the nursing station.

Village headman Vilimone Betakula, 50, said they were blessed to have Mr Bainimarama officially open the Vatukarasa Nursing Station.

The people from the three villages had to go to Lomaivuna Health Centre, Tonia Health Centre and Vunidawa Hospital when they needed medical assistance.

“We used to hire a carrier to take us to the hospitals, which cost us $15 or go by boat, but now we don’t do that anymore,” Mr Betakula said.

“All we have to do is cross the road and we are in front of the nursing station.”

Mr Bainimarama said his Government’s visionary plan was for building a better future in Fiji.

PM on investment

“This health facility was no small expense for Government; a half-million dollars was allocated to fund the nursing station’s construction,” he said.

“Meanwhile, I don’t like to refer to this as an expense or as a cost to Government; instead, we should speak about it as an investment.

“Because unlike irresponsible spenders, wise investors realise that vthe price of infrastructure today will pay for itself in the long term as Fijians reap the benefits long after the project is commissioned. Because whether it’s a school or a road, whether it’s increasing access to clean water or affordable electricity, my Government knows that the payoff from these investments will benefit Fijians today, tomorrow and in future generations.

“And that is certainly true for health facilities like this one. Gone are the days when you had to travel to Lomaivuna Nursing Station or the Vunidawa Hospital for your basic medical needs.

“By making medical services more easily accessible to you, we are creating a healthier population. And by lifting the burden of travelling to receive medical care, we are saving you time and money, allowing you to focus your resources on things such as raising a family, thriving in your jobs, and caring for your community.”

“This new nursing station will service three villages–– Vatukarasa, Nameka and Natuva in the Tikina of Tai Vugalei –– along with two primary schools and the Coloi Settlement.

“Soon, the Ministry of Health will provide a boat and engine that will allow the new station’s nurse to more easily visit villages to provide medical services and important health information to villagers and schoolchildren,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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