APOLOGIES are too late now, says the mother who lost her newborn after being refused prenatal examination at the Navua Hospital.
Akisi Naiuruuru, who was turned away from Navua and told to go to the CWM Hospital, said the staff nurse who refused to medically examine her at the Navua Hospital visited her mother at the Navua market where she apologised. The nurse has since been suspended by the Ministry of Health.
Ms Naiuruure said she visited the Navua Hospital last Monday after experiencing labour pains and asked the nurse if she could medically examine her. The nurse refused and told her to travel to Suva as her antenatal clinic folder was at the CWM Hospital.
She said her husband, Solomone Natau, accompanied her to Suva in a taxi.
They had just passed Naboro when her water broke. By the time she delivered her 3kg baby at 4pm that day, she was told by the midwives that her baby had died.
"If she had just taken five minutes of her time to do what my wife had asked her to do, we would now be carrying our third daughter," Mr Natau said.
"It's sad because for nine months my wife carried our child and we were really looking forward to having another addition to our family.
Ms Naiuruuru said they had named her Veniana Gonevulavula.