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Concerns for the dead

Jone Kalouniviti
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

ISSUES concerning their dead will be the main subject for the people of Waya during their tikina council meeting in the Yasawa Group this week.

Yalobi Village headman Josua Sauqaqa said they had been advised by the health authorities that when someone in the village or island died they had to bring the body to Lautoka Hospital for post-mortem examination purposes.

"The only health centre on the island is at Yalobi Village but we have no mortuary," said Mr Sauqaqa.

"To take the bodies of our loved ones to Lautoka costs us between $200 and $300 for a return trip, and this is very hard for us."

Funerals on Waya Island were usually conducted within 24 hours of death.

The tikina meeting is scheduled to be held at Nalauwaki Village this Saturday which provincial officials and government reps will also attend.

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