THE days of spending hundreds of dollars and prayers to ferry sick and injured people to Dakuibeqa and Navua for treatment are over.
The prayers of Yanuca villagers and surrounding villages were answered after the opening of a new nursing station in the village of Raviravi.
The new Raviravi Nursing Station was opened on Wednesday and will provide treatment for the population of 1075 in the villages of Raviravi, Rukua, Lalati and Yanuca Island.
It will also provide treatment for the villagers of Naceva, Naseuseu, three primary schools, one secondary school and four hotels in the area.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the nursing station was initially planned to be built last year but funds were diverted for rehabilitation works in the West following the floods and Tropical Cyclone Evan. Commodore Bainimarama said the government gave $400,000 for the construction of the nursing station and asked the community to look after it, as well as the medical personnel who would provide treatment for them.
Speaking to the villagers, he also acknowledged members of the mataqali Matalevu for giving land for the endeavour.
Sub-divisional health sister Makereta Bainivalu said the people of the area had their prayers answered and would no longer have to suffer the burden of ferrying their sick and injured to the Beqa Health Centre or to Navua.