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Mobile Health Team Service For Battered Qamea

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has taken measures to ensure that the health services for the communities on Qamea continue. Despite the damage sustained to the Dreketi Health
30 Dec 2016 09:48
Mobile Health Team Service For Battered Qamea
Damage done to buildings as a result of landslides. Photo: Alumita Colaudolu

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has taken measures to ensure that the health services for the communities on Qamea continue.

Despite the damage sustained to the Dreketi Health Centre on Qamea following the recent landslide, people on the island are accessing health services through a health team mobilised to the island.

“The services are ongoing on the island as Qamea is frequented with mobile health teams from Taveuni so for the people at Qamea, the health services is still going on for them,” the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said.

“The team has a boat on standby to take emergency cases to Taveuni or Labasa as needed, so the services are going on. I am grateful to the health team that is monitoring the situation.”

In a statement, the Ministry confirmed that additional health supplies and drugs were also shipped out last week to the island.

It further stated that Vadravadra settlement on Qamea Island has been chosen as a temporary health centre.

“Currently assessments are also being done on the cost of the damages to Qamea,” the Ministry of Health statement said.

“The Ministry of Health usually has three phases of response when a disaster strikes. These include phase one: Acute and trauma response, second phase is programme oriented – Public Health Outreach and Health Promotion and Communication, and the final phase is recovery which includes rehabilitation and reconstruction.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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