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Work In Progress On Maternity Unit At Makoi

The construction of the new low risk maternity unit in Makoi is progressing  well, says the Ministry of Health. The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, visited the
22 Oct 2016 11:00
Work In Progress On Maternity Unit At Makoi
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar,

The construction of the new low risk maternity unit in Makoi is progressing  well, says the Ministry of Health.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, visited the Makoi Maternity Unit and the Nausori Health Centre earlier this week in the Central Division.

Ms Akbar said the new unit would bring positive changes. It is expected to be opened by March next year.

“We are told that the work on the new low risk maternity unit in Makoi will be completed by December 2016 and we anticipate for it to be opened by March next year,” she said.

“This new unit will improve the health services as we will be able to accommodate for those who normally get the services at CWM Hospital and Nausori Health Centre.

“I am told that this development is worth close to $7 million and that itself a step forward for the Ministry of Health.  And one of the key priority for the Ministry is to see that when people visit the hospitals the turnaround time is reduced and we are working on that.”

The total cost of the completion of this new unit is approximately $7.5 million with construction cost alone valued at $6.9m.

Government had identified the need for a new maternity unit in 2013 and after numerous consultations with stakeholders and developing partners, the ministry decided to establish a maternity unit in Makoi to solve the issue of overcrowding mothers at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s maternity ward.

The ministry is also working to provide more locum doctors in hospitals, particularly on a needs-based approach.

“There is an increase demand for health services at the Nausori Health Centre, so after discussions we will look into providing one more locum doctor to improve the services,” Ms Akbar said.

“There will be 251 nursing positions that we hope to fill by late December this or early January next year and these are established nursing positions.”

Ms Akbar, Since taking up her new ministerial role, has visited the Nadi Hospital and health centres at Koro Island, and she will continue her visits in the coming months.

 

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