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Ministry works to remedy hospital problems

Ministry works to remedy hospital problems
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar.
May 16
13:01 2018

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar says her ministry is working to clear any doubts by villagers who lived near the new Navua Hospital.

Ms Akbar was responding to questions raised by the Opposition SODELPA MP Salote Radrodro, who asked for an update from the minister on the leakage of sewage of the new Navua Hospital into a nearby creek.

However, Ms Akbar said, there was no raw sewage leakage into the Namelimeli Creek.

She said it was, however, a minor leakage of filtered water that had occurred as the volume of waste water was in excess of the capacity of the designed soak pits to absorb.

She said this had been quickly remedied by the Divisional Medical Officer Central/ Eastern and his team.

Ms Akbar said other clinical waste were disposed and burnt in incinerators.

“Concerns were raised by the villages of Namelimeli, if there were discharge of raw sewage and our team found that water was discharging into the nearby creek.

“The team took immediate action to consult with the communities and so far there have been four consultations held with the neighbouring villages, including Namelimeli.

She said engineers on the site had been working with the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport, Water Authority for Fiji (WAF), Commissioner Central and the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs in holding consultations with the communities.

“Our most immediate remedy has been to bail the septic and soak pits on a weekly basis to prevent any spillover,” Ms Akbar said.

“So far three such bailings have been done with the assistance of Water and Sewage Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MOIT).”

Ms Akbar said that at the moment they were waiting for water sample results, which were taken to the Kinoya laboratory for tests.

Meanwhile, Ms Akbar said a multi-sectoral meeting was to be held on the 24th of this month, where a definite solution would be established then.

This is expected to verify the chemical analysis of the water that’s been taken for tests as well as clear any doubts.

Opposition SODELPA MP and Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua acknowledged the actions taken by the ministry and looked forward to the meeting on May 24.

Ratu Suliano said he was concerned about the handing over of the new Navua Hospital such as the engineering certificates and plans.

He asked if the plans were with the ministry or the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ms Akbar said this was one of the issues brought to her attention and the ministry was working with the Prime Minister’s Office to see if they could access the plans, but could not confirm this.

“There is nothing to hide, we have from the beginning have had consultation with the villages and they have appointed a representative and so far he is happy with the way consultations are going,” she said.

“They want to know what chemical is there, and we reassured that the only chemical added in the filtering section is chlorine or janola which is normally the disinfectant used in the hospital for cleaning purposes.”

She added all further information on this would be confirmed and available at the planned meeting this month

Edited by Epineri Vula


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