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Patients evacuated

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, March 29, 2014

PATIENTS who were admitted at the Navua Hospital had to be transferred quickly as water from the Navua River entered the hospital building yesterday.

Five patients and a body was transferred to the CWM Hospital.

Government officials and hospital staff ensured all patients and medical equipment were moved to safety after water started to enter the staff quarters located near the hospital.

Acting provincial administrator Serua Viliame Cama said they had moved all the medical equipment at the hospital to the second floor as the ground floor flooded.

Mr Cama said they had to act immediately as water continued to rise yesterday.

"The hospital staff are now operating from the provincial administrator's conference room at Ro Matanitobua House in Navua," Mr Cama said.

"They will be there for the night and only emergency cases will be seen by the staff."

Fifty seven people from the Calia settlement were moved to the Calia LDS Church when water entered their settlement.

Permanent secretary for Natural Disaster Management Lieutenant Colonel Filipe Alifereti was also in Navua to monitor the situation.

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