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Ministry makes submissions for new hospitals

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THE Ministry of Health has submitted its proposal to the Government's Bilateral Aid Coordinating Committee to build two new hospitals in Ba and Nausori.

Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said there were also plans for a regional mental health institute in Suva to replace St Giles hospital, an additional Maternity Unit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and a Makoi Maternity Centre.

Dr Sharma said this was part of the ministry's plan to improve the health status in Fiji.

"We got the preliminary OK with that and this is in progress," he said.

For the Navua Hospital, he said the Prime Minister was dealing with it and talks were in progress with a Chinese contractor.

He also said a proposal for a hospital ship to service maritime areas had been successful.

"We have been experiencing difficulties on this project but we have interest with an American company now and we are working on this," he said. The ministry will also put a health facility in Cuvu, Nadroga and organise major renovations to six health centres.

"The renovation is ongoing where the Eastern,Western and Northern are being covered. However, we just need to tidy up our renovation works in improving the health centres," Dr Sharma said.

He said they are also carrying out developments at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, with renovations to the Lautoka and Labasa Hospitals yet to completed.

"There are two health centres coming up in Lautoka, and a reservoir has been built in Labasa Hospital with the assistance of New Zealand."

He said they were also putting a lot of efforts on urban and peri-urban areas.