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Pictures on social media were of CWM unit shut down for renovations

Photographs of the washroom at Colonial War Memorial’s Anderson Ward circulating on social media is of the unit which has already been shut for renovations. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General
16 Mar 2018 10:00
Pictures on social media were of CWM unit shut down for renovations
The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with a visitor outside Parliament. Photo: Parliament Of Fiji.

Photographs of the washroom at Colonial War Memorial’s Anderson Ward circulating on social media is of the unit which has already been shut for renovations.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday told Parliament that the CWM Hospital medical superintendentDr Jemesa Tudravu has already spoken to the International Women’s Association which first circulated the images.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Dr Tudravu told the association that the pictures it had circulated on Facebook was misrepresenting the hospital and the truth.

He said the association subsequently took down the pictures, but it has already been widely circulated on social media.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the pictures were of toilets at the Anderson Ward which were shut for renovation and no new mothers were using it.

‘Look at budget, plans for CWM’

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has called on the SODELPA Opposition MPs to look into the budget allocations and capital plans for the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

He made comments in Parliament after posts and pictures of the CWM Hospital washroom facilities were circulated on social media (Facebook) on Wednesday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the hospital’s Medical Superintendent raised it with the team that had posted the matter on social media that they were misrepresenting the public like the NFP did.

He said the post was then quickly removed. The superintendent also advised that these bathrooms were closed for renovations.

SODELPA MP Mere Samisoni said she was approached by the Hospital Board members to work with them.

“They said the situation was bad, I asked why me they said because I’m a nurse, I want to reiterate we are trying to help,” she said,

“CWM does have problems.”

She asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum what the minister was doing in trying to help CWM Hospital to improve its terrible hygienic conditions.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded that her question was unrelated to the initial question, but he urged Ms Samisoni to read the 2017/2018 Budget and look at the capital works programme for the hospital and not to rely on Facebook and look at the works announced and the renovations to take place.

Edited by Percy Kean

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