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Ministry Refutes Bug Invasion Claim

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday refuted claims that a flea outbreak led to the closure of the Labour Ward at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
26 Sep 2017 11:47
Ministry Refutes Bug Invasion Claim

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday refuted claims that a flea outbreak led to the closure of the Labour Ward at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

Reports by some media wrongly claimed on Sunday the Labour Ward had been infested by fleas which led to it suspending its services.

However, speaking at a press conference in Suva, Acting Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr Josefa Koroivueta said its services had been relocated to cater for an organised cleanup of the delivery rooms.

Dr Koroivueta said the closure was not reactive but was a planned initiative that had been on the radar for some time.

He had earlier said in a press release that he was “greatly disappointed” with what he called “irresponsible” reporting that spread false rumours.

Delivery services have been shifted to the birthing rooms at the hospital and are expected to remain there for at least two weeks.

Head of Department at the Maternity Ward, Dr James Fong said before cleaning the ward, the hospital first needed to prepare a plan to ensure services were not disrupted.

“We have been trying to clean the labour ward for a while and the opportunity just presented itself so we are going ahead and doing it,” he said.

“For me personally, the opportunity came when the delivery numbers went down and my nurses came up with a plan that would allow us to do that.”

Medical Superintendent at the CWMH Dr Jemesa Tudravu said the cleanup was well underway.

“We started on Friday and working through the weekend; our team has been going through the clean-up,” he said.

“No services have been withdrawn. It is just at a different location and we’ve put together a 14-day plan and so far from the reports we have received this morning, we are on track.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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