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RFMF Evacuate Nausori Health Centre

Republic of Fiji Military Force soldiers helped evacuate patients from the Nausori Health Centre yesterday. The Fiji Sun team witnessed about 30 RFMF personnel and two trucks carrying all the
19 Dec 2016 11:00
RFMF Evacuate  Nausori Health Centre
Republic of the Fiji Military Forces personnel move medicine boxes at the evacuation centre at Vunivivi Methodist Church Hall yesterday. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Republic of Fiji Military Force soldiers helped evacuate patients from the Nausori Health Centre yesterday.

The Fiji Sun team witnessed about 30 RFMF personnel and two trucks carrying all the necessary and emergency equipment from the health centre to the Vunivivi Hill evacuation centre in Nausori.

RFMF chief of staff Colonel Litea Seruiratu said it was RFMF’s priority to assist the ones in need.

“We received a call from the National Disaster Management Office operation centre in Nausori to assist them in shifting the patients and equipment from Nausori Health Centre to the Vunivivi Methodist Church Hall in Nausori.

“We managed to help evacuate six patients from the health centre and all the equipment needed to assist them with throughout the night until tomorrow morning.

“Currently it is low tide but around 11.45pm will be the high tide and we are waiting for the weather and flood conditions after the high tide so we could provide further assistance to the people,” Colonel Seruiratu said.

She said there are officers on standby while some are deployed at National Disaster Management Office for further assistance.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar said the health ministry in the Central Division was working with the Commissioner Central’s Office in the setting up of Vunivivi hill Methodist Church Hall.

“They are assisting to move our services with the assistance of the Police, National Fire Authority and RFMF.

“The team is currently monitoring the water level for Rewa River,” Ms Akbar said.

The National Disaster Management Office is advising villages and communities situated along and near the Rewa River and the delta areas to move to higher ground or an evacuation centre as a precaution of flooding.

The Rewa River water level has surpassed the critical level of 4.0 metres. The latest reading taken at 12.30pm was 4.40 meters and water levels continue to rise.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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