Bathroom photos ‘old’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum meets students of Vunimono High School during a break in Parliament sitting yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Parliament that photographs of the bathrooms at Colonial War Memorial Hospital circulating on social media were old pictures.

In raising the question, Opposition member Viliame Gavoka labelled the photographs uploaded by the International Women’s Association Fiji on their Facebook page as “horrific” when he referred to the state of bathrooms at the Anderson Maternity Unit at the CWM Hospital.

The A-G said the bathrooms had been closed and the CWMH medical superintendent, Dr Jemesa Tudravu, had informed the organisation, who had organised for a charity ball to raise funds for the renovation works of the bathrooms, that the photographs were misrepresenting the whole situation. “They in fact posted photographs of bathrooms that have already been closed.

“They were closed for renovations,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Opposition member Dr Mere Samisoni again raised a supplementary question asking what was the minister doing in trying to improve the unhygienic conditions of the bathrooms at the CWMH.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said people should stop relying on information sourced from social media. “I urge the honourable member to read the budget supplement. I urge the honourable member to look at the capital works program for CWM Hospital,” he said. “I urge the honourable member to not only rely on Facebook, I urge the honourable member to look at the works that has been announced and the renovations that will take place, and the new buildings that will take place at the CWM Hospital.”