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New Wheels For Waiyevo Hospital

  Government grateful to Rotary club members for well thought initiative. The Waiyevo Hospital on Taveuni Island has finally received a new ambulance. During the handing over yesterday, the Assistant
06 Dec 2016 11:00
New Wheels For Waiyevo Hospital
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’Connor (middle) with guests amd staff of Waiyevo Hospital on Taveuni Island during the handing over of ambulance yesterday. Photo:MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Government grateful to Rotary club members for well thought initiative.

The Waiyevo Hospital on Taveuni Island has finally received a new ambulance.

During the handing over yesterday, the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor, said the ambu­lance would greatly ease the burden of arranging transport for patients who have to be referred to the Labasa Hospital.

“Past experience has shown that patients had to wait for hours in Natu­vu for the next available ambulance coming right from Labasa Hospital,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We are very grateful to Doctor Hannibal at Natu­vu Creek Clinic for kindly agreeing for the set up of a garage for the ambulance at his clinic.

“Taveuni is one of the most affected areas after the tragic Tropical Cyclone Winston and I must solely commend the people for their resilience and endur­ance.

“This event reminds me that the hope is still alive in our beloved nations de­spite enduring the strong­est cyclone that was ever recorded in the South Hemisphere we were able to rebuild back and rebuild stronger together.”

The Taveuni Rotary Club, which has international partnership, has punched above its weight to be part of the Government’s reha­bilitation effort.

“The Taveuni Board of Visitors are indeed fortu­nate to have two Rotary club members who were instrumental in securing the ambulance that will now facilitate the transfer of patients from Taveuni, across the Somosomo strait to Natuvu and to Labasa Hospital,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It is my fervent wish that this healthy partnership will continue to find new strength and gather fur­ther momentum.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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