New vessel to provide medical services to islands

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama unveils the palque to officially commissioned the MLC Veivueti at the Government Shipping Services in Walu Bay on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A MULTI-PURPOSE vessel that will serve close to 10,000 patients in rural and maritime islands was commissioned today by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama while officiating at the event said the $8 million new vessel, ‘Veivueti’ is designed to provide both primary and secondary medical services.

“The Veivueti will like any resource we have had at our disposal here in Fiji. It will house separate rooms for operations, minor procedures, consultations and recovery,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It is specially equipped and designed to accommodate 18 crew members including a full medical team who can carry out emergencies surgeries, take x-rays, screen pulmonary tuberculosis and perform urgent dental procedures.”

Meanwhile the Prime Minister also commissioned the new Government Shipping Services complex.

The $3million facility will improve working conditions for the staff of Government Shipping Services.