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900K health upgrade

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 18, 2013

THE Ministry of Health has set aside about $900,000 of State funds for the purchase of new equipment.

Health Minister, Dr Neil Sharma said the funds would also be used to upgrade certain medical facilities.

"Government has allocated $0.9million this year to upgrade our accidents and emergency equipment," he said.

"Last year we had $1million to upgrade the lab and previously we had $1million to upgrade the x-ray equipment.

"So each year, we have used that towards some effort in improving the quality of our medical technology and equipment and the improvement of medicine, our consumables, so all of that is being used in a rational manner so that at the end of the day health services are being improved."

Dr Sharma also highlighted the state of the health care system under the administration of previous governments.

"For many years, previous governments did not ensure the proper running of medical facilities.

"There was barely any resuscitation of the health system.

"They built infrastructures but they did not look after our infrastructure. They provided the equipment and technology but they never went back to repair these equipment.

"There are nurses who have gotten out to outer islands and they have remained there for 17 years."

Dr Sharma said the health care system had noticed a turnaround in previous years.

"That is all turning around in the last four years.

"It's all part of national and socio-economic development," he said.


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