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Transport, maintenance top challenge list

Big upgrade plans needed for North facilities: O’Connor The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will address the challenges faced at health facilities in the North. These were identified by
04 Mar 2017 14:10
Transport, maintenance top challenge list
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alexander O’ Connor (fifth from right), while visiting the Wainikoro health centre in northern division last week. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Big upgrade plans needed for North facilities: O’Connor

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will address the challenges faced at health facilities in the North.

These were identified by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alexander O’ Connor, during his week-long visit at health centres and nursing stations there.

Mr O’ Connor visited the Bua Nursing Station, Navakasiga Nursing Station, Lekutu Health Centre, Dreketi Health Centre, Naqumu Nursing Station, Naduri Health Centre, Coqeloa Nursing Station, Vunivutu Nursing Station, Visoqo Nursing Station, Wainikoro Health Centre, Dogotuki Nursing Station, Tawake Nursing Station, Lagi Health Centre, Saqani Health Centre, Korotasere Health Centre, Navakaka Nursing Station, Naweni Nursing Station, Bagasau Nursing Station, Natewa Health Centre, Tukavesi Health Centre, Savusavu Hospital, Nabalebale Nursing Station, Nakorovatu Health Centre, Kubulau Nursing Station  and Wainunu Health Centre.

“The pressing issues were relative to communication tools, Easytel, Voda and radio telephone network,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Transportation is also one of the challenges faced. Some of the health facilities have to share transportation facilities.

“There is a dire need for the maintenance and repairs to some of the facilities, one or two of them may need relocating because of the climate change and rising sea level, one such particular area that I saw was Tukavesi Village. The village and the health centre will be affected by climate change in the not too distant future.”

He said there was a need for repairing and maintenance except for facilities closer to the towns, for example, Nabouwalu.

“But the far to reach places like Lagi and Tawake, which are based in a very remote location, these facilities need repairs and maintenance,” the assistant minister said.

“It is my intention to do a follow-up tour and maybe six to eight months down the line to see the issues we have managed to pick up, as well as the progress made on addressing the challenges noted.

“I have teams to work on that immediately, which will be addressed and hopefully revisited within the six months.”

He also highlighted the need for more outreach programmes and visitations to the communities.

“I found that a lot of the outreach programmes focused more on the curative measures. We should be more concerned about the preventatives measures. That’s where we need to get out and have more of the outreach programmes for the communities,” he said.

“We didn’t get to meet the public except those villages where these health centres and nursing stations were located. These communities are very appreciative of the fact that we were able to visit them. In some cases they haven’t been visited for a good number of years.”

Mr O’ Connor will visiting the following health facilities in Kadavu next week: Naqara Nursing Station, Vacalea Nursing Station, Kalava Health Centre, Gasele Nursing Station, Vunisea Hospital, Soso Nursing Station, Talaulia Nursing Station, Nalotu Nursing Station, Daviqele Health Centre, Dakui Beqa Health Centre, Raviravi Nursing Station, and Vatulele Health Centre.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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