THE Nadi Hospital Board of Visitors has been registered as a charitable trust.
Board chairman Israr Khan said their new status was made possible through the amendment of Section 9 of the Public Hospitals and Dispensaries Act.
"An amendment to the Public Hospitals and Dispensaries Act (Cap 110) Section 9 has allowed the Hospital Board of Visitors to be registered as a charitable trust," he said.
"The Nadi Hospital Board of Visitors took advantage of the amendment and got registered as a trust for one very good reason and that is the hospital name has been used to raise funds by some organisation but the hospital never gets this money or a fair amount of funds raised are shown as expenses."
Mr Khan said now that the board had been registered as a charitable trust, no other organisation could use the hospital's name for their fundraising without the prior approval of the health minister.
"Or these organisations will have to work in partnership with the hospital board.
"In this way there is transparency and accountability. Now any organisation which wishes to help support Nadi Hospital in any way can approach the Hospital Board of Visitors Trust or vice versa, Nadi Hospital Board of Visitors Trust can approach prospecting donors to assist with different projects."
Mr Khan revealed the group had already ordered and paid $50,000 for new shipment of medical equipment due to arrive in November.
"The frontage driveway tarsealing has been completed.
"In addition are three humps to low the speed by speeding vehicles, the project was funded by the Health Ministry, managed by the Nadi Hospital Board of Visitors Trust at a cost of $21,000."
Mr Khan said with the amendment, the board had been empowered.
"And with it comes a strong sense of ownership that the board has an important responsibility in day to day running of the hospital.
"I personally feel that Nadi citizens, business organisations and other social organisation can do a lot more and also have a huge responsibility to support our community hospital to improve its services.
"A question every Nadi citizen should ask themselves is, 'What can I do for my hospital?'"