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A-G Opens New Mother’s Room At CWM Hospital

Just the other day, Setaita Karawa, was using the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s old Mothers’ Room to rest. There were shower facility issues, there was no hot water urn and
27 Sep 2018 12:12
A-G Opens New  Mother’s Room At CWM Hospital
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Setaita Karawa during the opening of the Mothers’ Room at the CWM Hospital in Suva, on September 26, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Just the other day, Setaita Karawa, was using the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s old Mothers’ Room to rest.

There were shower facility issues, there was no hot water urn and not as welcoming as one would want it to be after looking after an ailing child.

But now she is able to rest in a new and improved facility that she says feels much like a hotel, a far cry from the old facility.

It is mothers like Ms Karawa and guardians who will now be able to enjoy the comfort of the Family and Mother’s room funded by the Ronald McDonald House Charities Fiji.

The Mothers Room provides 12 beds for mothers with children in PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

It was opened last night by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“The luxury life that we had at the new mother’s room, some of us did not even receive it at our own homes,” said Ms Karawa, who has her baby admitted since March this year.

“It helped us a lot especially for those from the rural areas.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the initiative was a strong indication of how the private sector could work together with Government to provide medical services to ordinary Fijians who come through CWM.

He acknowledged the initiative by the McDonald’s charity.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Fiji chairperson Marc McElrath said they were happy to have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to see the initiative come to fruition.

The long-term objective was to build the facility in Suva for the parents who travel from the region and around Fiji who’s children are admitted at the hospital.

Though small, Mr McElrath said they at least offered a little comfortability for the mothers and guardians who would use it.

The cost of the project was $140,000, he said and they hoped to work more closely with the Ministry to provide family rooms for Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals.

He also acknowledged other partners who helped with the initiative.

 

The family room offers:

 A small kitchen which contains a microwave,

 Hot water urn,

 Refrigerator and

 Basic coffee and tea facilities

 The living area has couches and lounge chairs with a TV on the wall.

 A laundry facility including a washing machine and dryer

The charity has direct management and daily staffing of the Family Room.

The three staff members will help with the day-to-day co-ordination and operation of the room to ensure the facility and the rooms are clean and cared for.

They will report directly to the RMHC Fiji board.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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