Acting Health PS emphasizes infrastructure repair underway for all medical centres

Acting Health PS emphasizes infrastructure repair underway for all medical centres

By Iliana Biutu , Marika Rasekaseka
Wednesday 14/02/2024
Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor Jemesa Tudravu

The Fiji Government has allocated resources for maintenance to be done not only at the CWM Hospital but also at other medical centres in Fiji.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor Jemesa Tudravu says the process has started after the approval of the Ministry of Health's budget and it is an ongoing process.

He says the infrastructure repair takes time after careful planning with suitable providers that can do the work at the best standards.

He adds that Fiji does not manufacture any medical equipment and the challenges are also faced for the supply which they are considering at the moment.

General and Chief Pediatric Surgeon at the CWM Hospital, Dr Josese Turagava had earlier said that due to the increase in the number of people who are moving to the Lami, Suva and Nausori corridor, the demand that is in the hospital is just too much.

He says the CWM Hospital was only created to look after a certain number of people, but with all the demand, it will take patients admitted with a suspected appendix in Navua two to three days for a bed to clear off at CWM.

He adds out of the eight operating theatres at the hospital, only three or four are functioning, and during an operation last month, the ceiling of one of the theatres fell showing that the hospital needs a lot of maintenance and renovation.

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