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Hospital To Re-Open Lab On Monday

The refurbished Sigatoka Hospital laboratory will be officially opened on Monday by the Republic of Korea’s Speaker of National Assembly, Sye-kyun Chung and the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical
14 Jan 2017 11:00
Hospital To Re-Open Lab On Monday
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (left), with a patient during her visit to Sigatoka subdivisional Hospital. Photo: Ministry of Health

The refurbished Sigatoka Hospital laboratory will be officially opened on Monday by the Republic of Korea’s Speaker of National Assembly, Sye-kyun Chung and the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alexander O’Connor.

The cost of refurbishments is approximately $60,000.

The lab is designed in line with the standards of Fiji Laboratory Quality Management Systems.

The refurbishment of the entire laboratory and the establishment of a tuberculosis (TB) microscopy space will foster the delivery of more efficient health services at the Sigatoka Hospital.

This project has been made possible through the support of the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) through the Capacity Strengthening of Tuberculosis (TB) Control Services in Fiji programme.

The 4th Edition of National TB Manual will also be launched to complement the opening of refurbished Sigatoka Hospital laboratory on Monday next week.

The new manual now contains emerging issues in TB control and elimination including TB-HIV and TB-Diabetes co-infections, Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and how to effectively respond to patients needs before and after natural or human caused disasters.

These issues have become more important now than before especially for the users of this manual which include TB Clinicians, doctors and nurses in hospitals and health centres, allied health staff, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) as well as medical and nursing students.

Source: Ministry of Health

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