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Hospital roof ripped off

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

STRONG winds of Tropical Cyclone Evan ripped off part of the Labasa Hospital roof on Monday.

Workers were on the rooftop yesterday nailing down the roof as hospitals in the North only received emergency cases.

Ministry of Health acting permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said hospitals around Vanua Levu would only treat emergency cases.

"Hospitals in the north will only receive emergency cases until further notice," said Dr Koroivueta.

"No emergency cases have been received in hospitals so far around the division as a direct result of the Tropical Cyclone Evan.

"We are also aware that the Labasa Hospital roof is currently damaged after strong winds peeled through the roof."

Dr Koroivueta said the Commissioner Northern's office was still in charge of all government operations which included hospitals.

"We are also aware that the roof of the Labasa Hospital has been damaged as a result of strong winds. We are still awaiting a report on the damage done to the roof to determine its value."