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PM Assures Village Nurse Of Fully Equipped Proper Dispensary

PM Assures Village Nurse Of Fully Equipped Proper Dispensary
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) meets villagers of Nasauvakarua in the district of Navatusila in Navosa. Photo: DEPTFO NEWS
August 26
11:15 2018

For the past five years, Asivini Seruwaia has treated sick people in a little space in her corrugated iron house which she uses as a dispensary.

The 47-year-old mother of seven is a nurse of Nasauvakarua Village, which is made up of more than 400 people.

During a talanoa session with Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama on Thursday, she told the forum that the village didn’t have a proper dispensary where she could treat sick people.

The village is located deep within the mountain ranges of Navosa province in the district of Navatusila.

Mr Bainimarama and his team of Government officials had to walk for one hour, braving rough terrains under scorching heat to reach the village since there isn’t any proper road to the village

Ms Seruwaia said one of the major challenges she faced as a village nurse was lack of transportation adding that if there was a proper dispensary there was no need to refer some of her patients to health centres or hospitals.

“Sir I’ve been treating sick people from my home over the past five years, the village doesn’t have any proper dispensary so it is my humble request if Government can help me on this,” Ms Seruwaia said.

In response, Mr Bainimarama reassured the village nurse that Government would step in to provide building materials for the construction of a fully equipped dispensary.

He also made arrangements with health ministry officials for the $200 allowance to be paid to her after he found out that she wasn’t given the allowance over the past five years.

During an interview at her home located right at the end of the village, Ms Seruwaia said at times she would take her patients on horseback for more than five hours to reach the main road.

She added due to its geographical location sometimes her patients with severe sicknesses would be taken to hospital in helicopters organised by Lautoka Hospital.

“Sometimes my family gets angry at me because they have seen the challenges I go through daily to treat sick people in this village,” Ms Seruwaia said.

“Whether it’s early in the morning or late in the night, whenever a sick person knocks on my door, I am always ready to help them.”

With the new dispensary, she added it would make her job much easier in terms of treating sick people.

“I want to thank Mr Bainimarama for considering my request because this is an issue, which deals with the lives of people.

“Now I won’t need to take my patients to the nearest health centre, I will just treat them here in the village,” Ms Seruwaia added. Edited by Percy Kean



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