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PM: Hospital a major milestone

Maika Bolatiki Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Rear Admiral (Retired) Bainimarama says the Navua Hospital marks a huge step in the right direction for medical services. Yesterday, he opened the hospital
01 Aug 2014 07:49

Maika Bolatiki
Suva

Prime Minister Voreqe Rear Admiral (Retired) Bainimarama says the Navua Hospital marks a huge step in the right direction for medical services.
Yesterday, he opened the hospital at Namelimeli.
He said: “It’s a major milestone in our efforts to lift the standard of the medical services we offer, particularly outside of big city centres.
“This new hospital will dramatically improve the lives of the people of Navua by giving them access to a world-class health facility that is no longer subject to the whims of mother nature. I will never forget visiting the old Navua Hospital just after the Navua River burst its banks to see the whole place flooded and the urgent rush to evacuate sick patients out of harms way. At that moment I remember thinking that the opening of this new hospital couldn’t come soon enough.
“Although this was a new experience for me, for the people of Navua this was just the latest case of a nightmare scenario that had struck many times before. But I imagine that the biggest frustration for them was why for decades nothing was done to fix it. Since the eighties, past government turned a deaf ear to the cries of the people here.
“No more. The suffering and upset that flood waters have caused patients and their families is finally a thing of the past.
“The new hospital has been placed on high ground where the rising storm waters will not be able to reach. The new facility houses twenty beds – including both outpatient and inpatient quarters – and will have the ability to tend to 150 patients a day. It’s equipped with the latest technology, as well as an ambulance for emergency situations.
“It’s also complete with staff quarters, a back-up generator, public showers, a mortuary and incinerator and a water tower.”
maikab@fijisun.com.fj




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