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Colonial War Memorial Hospital Emergency Unit To Undergo Facelift

Funding for such maintenance has been derived from the ministry’s budget.
11 Mar 2020 11:41
Colonial War Memorial Hospital Emergency Unit To Undergo Facelift
Colonial War Memorial Hospital

Refurbishment works for the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s emergency unit will start next month.

That’s the reassurance made yesterday by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. He said the upgrade would incur a total cost of $750,000.

Dr Waqainabete said his ministry’s officials were working on the movement of services from where the unit currently sits to a temporary space.

“At the moment we are in the process of moving the whole Emergency Department from where it is now to temporary area within the hospital so that work could begin. As we speak they are actually doing these movements,” the minister said.

“We also have some important electrical and fibre optic cables that we have to look into its safe handling as we move them.

“There are also three surgery theatres that are undergoing maintenance at the moment with five currently operational.”

Funding for such maintenance has been derived from the ministry’s budget.

“The Ministry of Health has a capital budget and a maintenance budget. The Capital budget is about nearly $30 million and we also have a maintenance budget of a couple of millions,” he said.

“One thing people must understand that hospitals and health facilities are not easy to build. There are certain ways it needs to be built following the right procedures, there are certain ways we need to place tiles and things such as those. It is very expensive as well.”

Dr Waqainabete said their latest infrastructure developments included the new Keyasi Hospital and the new Rotuma Hospital.

“For maintenance works, Nabouwalu had cost us more than $3.5 million already while Tavua was about $2.5 million. And that’s just maintenance cost,” he said.

“We are carrying out maintenance and building extra accommodation in the Nasau Health Centre. That’s $850, 000.

“Maintenance cost us a fair bit of money, but we are grateful that the Government continues to put money in both capital and maintenance budgets. This is all helpful in our quest for both good facility and infection control.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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