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Aspen Medical to Run Lautoka Hospital Around July, A-G Reveals

There will be 24/7 open heart surgeries facilities available and no need to go overseas.
10 Mar 2019 21:00
Aspen Medical to Run Lautoka Hospital Around July, A-G Reveals
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during Budget consultations in Lautoka.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Ai­yaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Aspen Medical Pty Limited will be running the Lautoka Hospital around July this year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comment during the In-person National Budget Consultation session at the Sugar Cane Growers Council building in Lautoka yesterday.

He said Lautoka would be receiving the new hospital operator for the hospital.

Aspen Medical is going to start running Lautoka Hospital around July of this year, Mr Sayed Khaiyum said.

“Part of the deal is that they are going to build another wing to the Lautoka Hospital,” he said.

”About 300 beds, there will be 24/7 open heart surgeries facilities available. You don’t have to go overseas.”

He said there would also be other surgeries available which posed a positive effect, contributing to the growth in economy.

“There will be other surgeries available that currently is not available. It means that a lot of people will actually come to Fiji also for those surgeries, from the other Pacific Island countries,” he said.

He added they will use Fiji’s services like Fiji Airways, stay at the local hotels, adding to economic growth.

“So when they come of course, they will use Fiji Airways, they will come to stay at our hotels, they eat food at your restaurants, it makes economic growth, new money comes into the system.” AgeCare business

Another discussion involving Australia was also to get students from the Fiji National University (FNU) to be certified in AgeCare.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a demand in the area of taking care of the elderly.

“We already talked to the Australians to say: Can you develop courses with FNU where we get people to be certified in AgeCare,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

”As you know many of our people work, a lot of our women work in the West Coast of North America, California and places like that doing AgeCare, some illegally some legally, but there is a demand for it and they are quite good at it. “So if we have full health care facilities available here then it places an industry in itself. You get qualified people. Australia of course has an aging population too.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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