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Usamate Thanks Aust’s Assistance

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate expressed his sincere appreciation to the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and her government for their medical support. He made this
15 Mar 2016 11:38
Usamate Thanks Aust’s Assistance
Australian Foreign Affairs MinisterJulie Bishop (left), with Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate at Rakiraki Hospital yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate expressed his sincere appreciation to the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and her government for their medical support.

He made this acknowledgement during Ms Bishiop’s visit to the Rakiraki Hospital yesterday.

Mr Usamate said that personnel from the Australian Medical team were of great help in providing medical services to affected Fijians after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“We have had Australian teams actually working here in Rakiraki and they have been in the outpatient, they have been visiting people outside the hospital and at the same time, we have had the Australian Medical team assisting in other parts of Fiji as well.

“The team did not just come with the supplies of medicine, but they have had a direct impact in meeting people and we are indebted to the people of Australia,” he said.

“They also have teams who have reviewed how well we have managed our own activities, so that we are able to improve next time when something like this happens.”

He said health facilities in Rakiraki were severely damaged and equipment now used in the health centres were from Australia.

“The team also brought a lot of things and $15,000 worth of equipment, are now being used in Rakiraki and Ba to help the people who are sick,” he said.

Mr Usamate said his ministry had sustained an excess of $6m in terms of damage to facilities and an estimated $29m in terms of the health and nutrition.

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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