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Villagers request for travellers' resting place

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, April 27, 2014

A RESTING place for women who travel to the Nabouwalu Hospital and spend days away from their families is one of the request put forward by women of Bua in a meeting with the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama last Friday.

Soqosoqo Vakamarama o Bua president Laisa Lewanavanua said some who travelled from as far as Kubulau and had to sleep in the hospital with their relatives because they had nowhere else to go.

"Again distance is a factor and the only main hospital for us is in Nabouwalu," she said.

"Some of our women travel very far to come to the hospital and they leave their families behind for days so they can tend to their sick relative.

"This is why we need to have a shelter or a resting place for our women who come to the hospital.

"We are also thinking about our pregnant women who can also rest at this facility when they come for clinics or to give birth."

She said another reason was the hundreds of people that frequented Nabouwalu daily to board ships that travelled to Viti Levu.

"Ships are coming in daily and for some of our people, they leave their homes around 7am to catch the boat.

"When they arrive, they should have a place to rest before boarding the ship for Viti Levu.

"The cost of a one-way trip to Nabouwalu from far away villages in Bua can sometimes amount to $400.

"This shelter can also help them lessen the burden of paying more money from their pockets."

Mrs Lewanavanua put these issues forward to the PM in a talanoa session.

Rear Admiral Bainimarama told the women group that officials from his office would visit the province again this week to inspect and address their requests.

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