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Minister Usamate Denies Claim

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate yesterday called on the National Federation Party (NFP) to provide correct information to the public. He was responding claims by NFP
23 Oct 2015 08:51
Minister Usamate Denies Claim
Jone Usamate

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate yesterday called on the National Federation Party (NFP) to provide correct information to the public.
He was responding claims by NFP that two people died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva from multiple organ failure.
“The National Federation Party provided inaccurate information in its press release and they need to check their facts,” Mr Usamate said.
“The National Federation Party claimed that two people died at the CWM Hospital caused by multiple organ failure, but the Ministry of Health confirmed that there was only one death, and not two.”
He said the patient who died was not admitted as an emergency case.
NFP also claimed that there were 20 patients waiting for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).
Mr Usamate said 12 patients were booked for CABG – a surgical procedure used to treat coronary heart disease.
He said CABG was an elective surgery which required booking in advance at hospitals.
He said three of the patients had their fees refunded after the proposed operation cancelled.
He said from the nine who applied for Government assistance, three were sent to India for surgery.
Meanwhile, NFP leader Biman Prasad said: “Our information was that two patients had died and we have asked confirmation from them, so it’s not a false claim. The whole point here is every life is important.”



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