CAPITAL projects by the Ministry of Health in the Western Division and across the country will cost the government about $22million.
This was confirmed yesterday by Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma during his first visit to the region this year.
While officially accepting a wide range of equipment destined for Nadi Hospital, Dr Sharma said more projects would be introduced this year to improve the health sector.
"We have the new Ba Hospital coming up and government is working closely with the private sector to oversee the construction of the hospital," he said.
"There will be a new emergency department at Lautoka Hospital and also in Lautoka, we have set up health centres.
"There's one in Kamikamica Park and one in Viseisei, and we hope to open the Punjas medical clinic on Vomo Street this year."
Dr Sharma said the upgrading of current health centres was also being carried out.
"There is a lot of renovating going on.
"At the Sigatoka Hospital, a new maternity unit is being put up there.
"The Cuvu health centre has been set up and there are developments in Keiyasi with a new health unit being set up over there.
"Government has been kind in providing close to $22million in capital projects not only in the Western Division but also all over the country."
Dr Sharma said a new maritime medical service would also be offered this year.
"We will also have a sea operation happening very soon in the maritime areas.
"We are introducing that in the Lau and Lomaiviti groups in 2014.
"In 2015, we will see if we can introduce the same kind of maritime medical service in the Yasawa group."