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Koro islanders can look forward to better health care services next year when a new clinic building at the Nasau Health Centre is completed. The extension will include a 102
22 Dec 2017 11:26
Better Health Care
The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, (standing fourth from left in garland) at Nasau Village for the new health clinic ground-breaking ceremony. Photo: Ministry of Health

Koro islanders can look forward to better health care services next year when a new clinic building at the Nasau Health Centre is completed.

The extension will include a 102 square/metre clinic building alongside the current health centre which will provide additional areas for patients together with a dedicated delivery room for new mothers. It will also ensure that villagers get access to a larger, modern and better-equipped health centre, Minsiter for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar said.

Nasau Village was one of the worst hit after Tropical Cyclone Winston hit in February 2016. Four people from the village died in the killer storm.

Retired Koro High School teacher Nemani Viribale said the extension would also mean much needed medical personnel to serve the 14 villages on the island.

“This move is welcomed by everyone here at Nasau. Every week patients are air-lifted out of Nasau for medical treatment. Hopefully, with the  improved extension and more personnel, this will stop,” Mr Viribale said.

This project launched yesterday is part of the Australian government’s aid programme to support Fiji in addressing the significant physical damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Yesterday, Ms Akbar told villagers during the ground-breaking ceremony that their strength and resilience after the dreadful days during TC Winston were a perfect example of the strength and resilience of the Fijian people.

Ms Akbar said: “With memories of Winston still in our minds it is also important to know that the new building will be built to withstand Category 5 cyclonic winds and can, if the need arises, be used as a ‘safe haven’ to protect members of the community during cyclones or other disaster events.”

Mr Viribale also said that while some suffered psychologically after Cyclone Winston, others have moved on with their lives.

“Some of our children fear the sound of strong winds. At school, teachers have expressed concern when some of them scream for no reason,” he said.

Currently only one doctor and two nurses serve at Nasau Health Centre.

Two nurses serve at the Nacamaki and Nabasovi Nursing Station.    

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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