Health Ministry Clarifies Details On New Hospital

Additional biomedical equipment are awaited to complete the approved list of equipment for the hospital. Equipment in the operating theatre will be further enhanced to facilitate the mobile and fixed surgical capabilities planned for the hospital.
27 Feb 2021 13:34
Health Ministry Clarifies Details On New Hospital
From left: Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar, Chinese Ambassador Qian Bo, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Tui Magodro Ratu Simione Vutevute, and Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete during the opening of the new Navosa Sub-divisional Hospital on February 23, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to clarify and correct recent statements posted on Facebook on the recently opened new Navosa Sub-divisional Hospital in Vatumali, in the interior of Navosa.

The opening of the hospital officially signaled the establishment of the Navosa health subdivision, separate from the former Nadroga/Navosa health subdivision which represented the growth and expansion of Government health services to meet the growing health need of the people of Fiji.


Development of facility

This development took many years to carefully plan, organise and implement, and required the input and blessings of many stakeholders.

These stakeholders included the Yasana Navosa and the Yasana Nadroga, the seven yavusa in the province of Navosa, the Turaga na Tui Magodro and the Tikina of Magodro, the vanua Nabuavatu, the iTaukei Lands Trust Board, the construction company Yanjian Group (Fiji) Company Limited, and the many agencies and machinery of Government, including the Ministry of Economy and the Health Ministry, who facilitated the planning, designing, funding, environmental assessment, preparation and mitigation, and the construction of the hospital.

The result is the new 20-bed hospital that the people of Navosa were overjoyed to open on Tuesday February 23, 2021.

The facility provides opportunities for better health access and high-quality specialist health care closer to their homes, and that will reduce the need for the people to expand considerable monetary and emotional resources and time, to access higher levels of health services at Sigatoka, Lautoka or Suva.

As stated by Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong after the opening ceremony, the ministry has planned and is now implementing over the next three months, the phased establishment of services at the new hospital.

This approach ensures that as the hospital builds up its case load and service scope and processes, the appropriate workforce and support services are also established to match the needs of each aspect of the hospital service and its target population.



The ministry has been approved $2.6 million worth of biomedical equipment for the Navosa SD Hospital.

The new state-of-the-art digital portable x-ray machine and workstation is one of the 22 new digital x-ray machines (DR-Machines) that were recently distributed across the country.

The new dental chair and the laboratory blood test machine (FBC) have been installed and commissioned for permanent use at the hospital.

Additional biomedical equipment is awaited to complete the approved list of equipment for the hospital. Equipment in the operating theatre will be further enhanced to facilitate the mobile and fixed surgical capabilities planned for the hospital.

It is also anticipated that as the health services swing into full motion over the next three months, the equipment list will require further modification to meet emerging or new health service needs that may be identified.


Moving forward

The new beds now at the new hospital were bought by Government and initially deployed to the new Ba Hospital in anticipation for the potential massive increase in admission as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic early in 2020.

Now, having achieved COVID-contained status and alleviating the need for stand-by inpatient beds at Ba Hospital, the ministry has decided to deploy these new beds for immediate use at the new Navosa SD Hospital where they will be permanently inventoried.

This is not an unusual action, and the ministry has employed this strategy in the past and will continue to do so in the future, to prudently utilise its available resources to their maximum potential to meet existing and new services’ needs.

The ministry also regularly purchases hospital beds from abroad through local distributors to replace existing ones and meet new needs, and currently expects to receive over the next few weeks it’s order of 914 new hospital beds valued at more than $3.2million.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, the minister alluded to the fact that when fully operational, the hospital’s 40-strong health workforce using the facility’s investigative and treatment capabilities will provide quality outpatient and inpatient primary and secondary health care services for babies, children, pregnant and nursing mothers, older people and those with non-communicable diseases (NCD), and the stabilisation of sick patients before they are transferred to a higher level health facility.

The newly built and especially lighted helipad will allow for the urgent transfer by air of extremely sick patients from the hospital, as well as provide the capacity to fly in emergency surgical or medical teams for life saving treatment at the hospital.

The new subdivisional hospital would deliver health services according to the ministry’s newly implemented remodelled health services delivery framework that will make the health service COVID safe and responsive to health emergencies and climate disasters.

The ministry is pleased that the new hospital has been opened by the Prime Minister and joins the people of Navosa in celebrating the realisation of this much awaited dream and looks forward to working together with the people of Navosa to improve the health status of their population.




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