Health boost

Guests during the groundbreaking ceremony of the multi-million dollar subdivisional hospital in Navosa yesterday. Picture: BAJEET SINGH

Guests during the groundbreaking ceremony of the multi-million dollar subdivisional hospital in Navosa yesterday. Picture: BAJEET SINGH

A multi-million dollar subdivisional hospital in the Navosa highlands will make life easier for as many as 10,000 people living in the region.

And Tui Magodro, Ratu Simione Vutevute said the hospital would lighten the burden of travel expenses for those who had to travel great distances to access health services.

Ratu Simione said he was pleased with the project that had been in the planning stages for years.

While officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony at the Keiyasi Heath Centre yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the medical facility would benefit Fijians living in the Navosa highlands.

“This hospital will replace the current Keiyasi Health Centre, dramatically upgrading the health services offered to the entire Nadroga-Navosa Province, an expansive area of land with dozens of deep rural villages and settlements that will utilise this new facility upon its opening,” he said.

“In the past, the nearly 10,000 Fijians residing throughout this subdivision have needed to travel to Sigatoka, or Nadi, or even as far as Ba to seek specialised treatments, X-rays and ultrasounds, maternity services, pharmacy services, and laboratory testing. I am proud to say that upon the completion of this hospital, that will no longer be the reality for healthcare. All of these services will be offered right here in Keiyasi.”

He said the facility was not a one-off project for Government in rural and maritime communities.

“We already have further plans in place to improve health centres and medical services in our Western Division, including upgrading the Votualevu Health Centre, the Sabeto Health Centre and the Korovuto Health Centre.

“I am also proud of my Government’s recently-announced plans to bring Fijian health system to new heights with a public private partnership, or PPP, which will provide new opportunities for the medical staff and increased and better services for the patients at our Ba and Lautoka hospitals, and overall Western Division.

“In fact, it is estimated that this innovative partnership will bring new and higher-quality medical services to around 380,000 Fijians, with certain treatments and procedures to be offered in Fiji for the first time ever.

“And I am even prouder to say that all of this progress, this unprecedented access here at home, will come at no additional cost to the patient.”

The project is expected to be completed in 18 months.