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60k Refurbishment Of Laboratory In Sigatoka

The people of Nadroga and Navosa will no longer need to travel to Lautoka or Suva to be checked  for tuberculosis (TB). This was after the much awaited refurbishment of
17 Jan 2017 11:33
60k Refurbishment Of Laboratory In Sigatoka
Member of National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Dr Gwang-Lim Kim with Assistant Minister for Health and Medical services inside the refurbished laboratory in Sigatoka Hospital. Photo:Arishma Devi Narayan

The people of Nadroga and Navosa will no longer need to travel to Lautoka or Suva to be checked  for tuberculosis (TB).

This was after the much awaited refurbishment of the laboratory at Sigatoka Hospital.

The refurbishment was made possible through strengthened support provided by the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) in the project called Capacity Strengthening Of Tuberculosis Control Services in Fiji.

The $60,000 project was officially opened by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor, at Sigatoka Hospital yesterday.

He said: “TB diagnosis is now simplified with a process closer to where the patient resides, thereby decreasing diagnostic delays, loss of follow-ups of patients, saving patients’ resources that ultimately improve our detection rate and treatment success rate.

“The laboratory will also assist in the early diagnosis of infectious diseases. The refurbishment of the laboratory in Sigatoka, to establish a TB microscopy laboratory in Sigatoka is an example of our patient-centred approach,” Mr O’Connor said.

The support has enabled Fiji to meet the WHO recommendation of one sputum smear microscopy centre per population of 100,000.

“The refurbishment to the laboratory includes renovations to the laboratory and procurement of essential equipment, while the project includes building capacity of the staff,” he said.

He added as part of its response to combating TB, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services had developed the National Strategic Plan for TB (2015-2020). This harmonises efforts to prevent and control TB.

Dr Gwang-Lim Kim, of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, applauded the efforts by both partners.

“Through the KOICA assistance, health promoting school programmes have kicked off last year and the refurbishment of TB labs in six different regions including Sigatoka Hospital, enables Fiji to control and prevent TB more effectively,” he said.

The Assistant Health Minister also officially launched the TB Manual at Sigatoka Hospital.

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