$11m hospital to be ready next year

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar in a discussion with Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa inside the Parliament complex yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar in a discussion with Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa inside the Parliament complex. Picture: FILE

THE Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Sub-divisional Hospital is expected to be completed in September 2019.

This was confirmed by Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar at the Committee of Supply session in Parliament yesterday.

“Work has already began and the allocated amount of $11 million in the forthcoming budget as per the contracted amount agreed with the contractors,” she said.

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad questioned the minister on whether the allocation for hospitals in Nakasi, Navua and Nadroga-Navosa was realistic.

“Are these allocations realistic and achievable and whether the projects will be completed on time?” Prof Prasad asked.

“The (Nadroga) Navosa Provincial Subdivisional Hospital has been there from the previous budget with an $11 million budget allocation, while both Nakasi and Navua hospitals have final pavements still to be dealt with.”

The Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Sub-divisional Hospital is said to serve more than 10,000 Fijians in the Nadroga-Navosa Province. The hospital will provide maternity and pharmaceutical services, lab tests, X-rays and ultrasound.

Meanwhile, $1m has been allocated to build a new health centre in Lodoni; $500,000 to extend the Korovou Hospital; $3m to upgrade the operating theatre and X-ray capability at the Lautoka Hospital.