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BSP Curbs Nursing Station’s Power Outage Issues

Private-public partnerships such as this helps the Ministry of Health as it provides a critical service to the whole of Fiji and moving to clean energy is necessary as we face the brunt of climate change
19 Jan 2021 12:10
BSP Curbs Nursing Station’s Power Outage Issues
Senior Divisional Medical Officer – Tavua, Dr Oliwafemi Ojo and BSP Area Manager West and North Viliame Varasikete.

The staff of Bank of South Pacific’s (BSP) Tavua Branch carried out some maintenance works including the installation of a Solar Power system at the Nadrau Nursing Station.

The solar project is situated over 1000m above sea level, atop Fiji’s highest plateau.

Assisting this health facility in the rural interior was aimed at ensuring patient’s consistent access to vaccines and improving the patient experience at the centre.

BSP Area Manager West & North Viliame Varasikete said the Project was a demonstration of the Bank’s long-standing support for Community and Vanua.

“Working in consultation with the Divisional Health Office, we adopted the challenges faced by the Nadrau Nursing Station who are forced to stop immunisation services and transport the critical vaccines to the nearest health centre with cooling facility due to power disruptions,” he said.

“Installing a solar power solution would put an end to this and boost people’s access to immunisation vaccines safeguarding them and their families, including future generations.”

According to the World Health Organisation, immunisation is today one of the safest, most cost-effective, and powerful means of preventing deaths and improving lives.

During power outages, parents would have to pay $20 return fare to take their babies to the nearest Health facility to get immunised.

“We realise the financial struggles faced by this community which hindered their ability to access critical vaccines impeding proper development of the child in those early years and posing an even higher risk of spreading infections.”

In accordance with the programme for BSP’s Branch Community Projects, staff are also required to clock volunteer hours as part of their sweat equity contribution.

Mr Varasikete said: “I am delighted to report that despite their work commitments, our staff were enthusiastic to dedicate their time to travel through tough road conditions and also carry out the maintenance works including painting the nursing station.”

Senior Divisional Medical Officer – Tavua, Dr Oliwafemi Ojo, said they had been hoping for this upgrade for some time and were delighted when BSP stepped up to assist.

“Private-public partnerships such as this helps the Ministry of Health as it provides a critical service to the whole of Fiji and moving to clean energy is necessary as we face the brunt of climate change,” he added.

 


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