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COVID-19 Delays Navosa Sub Divisional Hospital Opening Says Health Minister

The sub-divisional hospital was due to be opened this month but according to the Minister of Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete on Wednesday during a press conference in Suva the delay is due to the COVID-19.
26 Sep 2020 14:04
COVID-19 Delays  Navosa Sub Divisional  Hospital Opening Says Health Minister
A completed section of the new Navosa sub-divisional hospital that will be opened at the end of this year.

The new state-of –the-art $30million Navosa sub divisional hospital in Vatumali will be officially opened before the end of this year.

 

Opening schedule

The sub-divisional hospital was due to be opened this month but according to the Minister of Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete on Wednesday during a press conference in Suva the delay is due to the COVID-19.

“If it was not for the COVID-19 we would have had it opened by now,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“As you know with COVID-19 we had to mobilise our young health work force had to man our isolation facilities.

“Now with the 200 new nurses and the 105 doctors who will be graduating at the end of the year we can back fill areas and we pick some of our experienced staff to be posted up there.

 

Contruction works

Meanwhile he confirmed that some equipment have been fitted into the new facility.

Dr Waqainabete was in Vatumali yesterday to see the where the work was up to.

A new sub-divisional hospital will cater for nearly 10,000 Fijians living in the upper reaches of Sigatoka River in Navosa and nearby Ba province villages and settlements.

The seven districts (tikina) in the province of Nadroga that are within the vicinity of the new Navosa sub-divisional hospital include:  Naqalimare’s eight villages, Bemana’s four villages, Nasikawa’s five villages, Namataku’s eight villages, Noikoro’s 10 villages, Nadrau’s four villages and Navatusila’s four villages.

In the province of Ba, the district of Magodro’s six villages are close to the new medical complex.

 

Health services

In replacing the current Keiyasi Health Centre, the new medical facility will dramatically upgrade the health services offered to the interior Nadroga and Ba.

Fijians will soon need not travel to either Sigatoka, or Nadi, and for some as far as Lautoka and Ba for specialised treatments like x-rays and ultrasounds, maternity services, pharmacy services, and laboratory testing.

These services will be available at the sub-divisional hospital once it opens.

The new sub divisional hospital will definitely upgrade the Vatumali Government Station which now has Government services including Legal Aid, Police, i-Taukei Affairs, Health, Agriculture and Provincial Administration.

Nearby is the Navosa College and Water Authority of Fiji depot.

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