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More Upgrades For Health Facilities, Five-Year Plan

The Ministry of Health has plans on upgrades for the next five years in the Tailevu Province. This was revealed during the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting by Dr Ilisapeci Lasaro.
23 Mar 2019 10:33
More Upgrades For Health Facilities, Five-Year Plan
Assistant Minister Mrs Veena Bhatnagar with staff at Wainibokasi Hospital.

The Ministry of Health has plans on upgrades for the next five years in the Tailevu Province.

This was revealed during the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting by Dr Ilisapeci Lasaro.

The five-year plan for the Ministry of Health for the Tailevu Province includes the extension of the Korovou Hospital and the increase in the number of beds from 16 to 30, to upgrade the Nayavu Health Centre, construction of the new Vugalei Health Centre, extension of the Wainibokasi Hospital and upgrading of the Dawasamu, Verata and Vatukarasa Nursing Stations to Health Centres.

It was also revealed that when health workers visit the schools they noticed that most of the children were either undernourished, obese or had skin diseases.
One issue that was raised by Dr Lasaro was that there was an increase in underage pregnancies in the province and that there were 220 people who tested positive for HIV.

Dr Lasaro said that they wanted the village heads to work with village nurses.
She presented statistics that showed that 54 per cent of people in the province suffered from high blood pressure.

Chairman of the Tailevu Provincial Council Rusiate Tudravu said “It is something that we need to seriously look into. If people in the village are suffering from high blood pressure we need to look into it. I was surprised when the Minister stated that people of Tailevu are suffering from blood pressure.

“Our sub-committee for Health is looking into the preventative side of it. They are looking into areas that we can prevent diseases before we go for other medical services.”

A question was raised in the meeting that if the women around the Mokani Health Centre could give birth at Mokani rather than travel to the Nausori Health Centre.

Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said they wanted the newborns to be safe and that the specialist was only available at the Nausori Health Centre.
Edited by Susana Tuilau

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