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Medical centre extension to help improve health care

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, February 17, 2013

THE opening of the new birth unit and second operating theatre at the Nasese Medical Centre hopes to complement the objective of the Ministry of Health to improve health care services in Fiji.

Owned by the De Asa family, the new extension to the centre will certainly boost the quality of both general and specialised medical care.

Dr Alvin de Asa said they aimed to provide good health care and they were committed to provide to integrative local practice.

"We started in Nasese in 2005, now there are 12 beds with three private rooms, three recovery beds and three treatment rooms including a ward with three beds," Dr De Asa said.

"We've also added new facility and they have the latest laboratory chemist machine, digital x-ray facilities and thread kneel facility for cardiac assessment."

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau while opening the new extension said the centre now boasts a birthing unit and a second operating theatre, in having modern and cutting-edge equipment and facilities.

He said the bold investment by the De Asa family in 2005 to first expand the medical services by building an operating theatre and a diagnostic laboratory, and then, again this year, with this new extension must be highly commended.

He said the De Asa family not only invested in the facilities but the family ensured that more members of the family were involved and were part and parcel of the entire operations of the centre.

"The family has produced two generations of doctors, which is quite unique in Fiji," Ratu Epeli said.

"It is my hope that this health centre will provide a convenient access to quality health services and that the centre will continue to work in conjunction with government through the Ministry of Health in achieving Fiji's national vision," he said.