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Naviti, Warwick Boost Community

A larger team of Australian medical volunteers is expected later this year to serve the Coral Coast community. The Coral Coast Rehabilitation medical team visited last year, but sponsors have organised
18 Jul 2015 11:44
Naviti, Warwick Boost Community
Korolevu Health centre on the Coral Coast. Photo: The Naviti Resort

A larger team of Australian medical volunteers is expected later this year to serve the Coral Coast community. The Coral Coast Rehabilitation medical team visited last year, but sponsors have organised a more ambitious programme to serve Fijian communities later this year.

This was confirmed by general manager Naviti Resort John Duxbury as part of the hotel chain’s extensive plans for community work, especially in the Korolevu-i-wai area.

The Naviti Resort and Warwick Fiji have also been supporting renovation work on the Korolevu Health Centre to boost services in the area.

”Whilst the aid given to the health centre was very important, of equal importance, was ensuring  the wellbeing of the Coral Coast community.

“ To this effect, Naviti Resort and Warwick Fiji Resort and Spa have combined to sponsor, for the second year, the Coral Coast Rehabilitation doctors from Australia which last year saw therapy programmes, diabetes education and eye clinic’s performed in 14 villages visited over a two-week period. This year, a larger team will be sponsored so as to continue where they left off last year as well as expanding the assessments and rehabilitation programmes, ” said Mr Duxbury.

“Whilst Warwick International hotels have assisted our local communities, and in particular the Sigatoka Hospital, over the years, our focus is now set on continuing to heavily concentrate on those villages and communities in the Korolevu-i-wai area that sometimes struggle for financial and resource support. In particular, the resort continues to give substantial aid along with Warwick Fiji to the Korolevu Health Centre which has included the roof extension, purchase of blood pressure machines, upgrading of the doctors residence and is in the process of beginning to upgrade the nurses quarters.”

The regional general manager for Warwick Hotels Pacific, Dean Swaagman is the current chairperson of the Korolevu Medical Centre visitors board.

The board has met over the last 18 months on a regular basis with the Ministry of Health representatives and community leaders to discuss better delivery of health services in the area.

Most recently, this board met with senior MOH officials and discussed ways where assistance maybe expanded to include a wider focus in our community.

Warwick International Hotels through the team at Naviti Resort Fiji also plans to bring together local health officials on a more frequent basis to provide further dietary education to the local villages. This includes BMI checks, blood pressure checks as well as pap smear testing along with the sponsorship of local village health workers to provide First Aid and CPR training.

Other initiatives that the Naviti Resort is currently involved in are community-based projects for the villages of Tagaqe and Votualailai where resources are in limited supply. This includes the providing of labour, supplying of materials or utilising the expertise of the resort professionals  for consultancy needs.

Mr Duxbury stated that the formation of The Warwick Foundation by the Warwick International Hotels Pacific, led by the senior vice-president of Warwick Hotels International Tammie Tam and the  regional general manager Pacific Dean Swaagman will ensure that a future foundation for delivery of much needed resources and aid will continue to be given to the Korolevu-i- Wai communities.

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