Fiji Time: 6:38 AM on Tuesday 26 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Floating clinic for islands

Torika Tokalau
Friday, July 04, 2014

GOOD news for villages in the Lau Group. The Sea Mercy Floating Health Clinic was launched yesterday in Suva and will be ready to service their islands from tomorrow.

The floating clinic, a $83,000 joint project by the villages in Lau, private sector and government, will service particularly the islands in the Lau Group as well as other maritime islands when the need arises.

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said he was excited about the project and its potential to deliver better health outcomes for ordinary people.

"A team of international volunteers has been assembled to work with personnel from the Ministry of Health on board the Sea Mercy vessels," he said.

"When they anchor at a particular island, they will of course bring with them an unprecedented capacity to deal with the rain of medical and dental complaints whether it is oral, eye care or treating common ailments and illness of any maritime community."

Vanuabalavu Hospital Board of Visitors chairman for Martin Livingston said the new service would benefit the people in Lau greatly.

"The basic services that will be provided to eight islands in Lau are towards children's health, education on issues like diabetes and smoking and of course other medical services," he said.

Founder of Sea Mercy Richard Tackett said they were happy to give help where it was needed.

"The need came out of personal visits to remote islands and understanding what is lacking, that there isn't an available service delivery platform to take it out there," Mr Tackett said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61790.5989
JPY 56.755053.7550
GBP 0.36990.3619
EUR 0.42050.4085
NZD 0.69210.6591
AUD 0.63310.6081
USD 0.50230.4853

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji's first
  2. Wrong destination for U16
  3. Complaints worry A-G
  4. Be patient, says Akbar
  5. NFP takes ideas to US, Canada
  6. Hazelman: No need for inquiry
  7. MP: Government will not be swayed
  8. Vocea: Let the world know
  9. Party supporters vow to make a difference
  10. Fiji registers 5.1 mag quake

Top Stories this Week

  1. A sad graduation for Waqatakirewa Saturday (23 Sep)
  2. The fee to kill Tuesday (19 Sep)
  3. Mysteries of the floating island Wednesday (20 Sep)
  4. Fiji's first Monday (25 Sep)
  5. Pay rise deal Wednesday (20 Sep)
  6. Man freed from prison Tuesday (19 Sep)
  7. Resort's legacy Thursday (21 Sep)
  8. Wrong destination for U16 Monday (25 Sep)
  9. Planned water disruption advisory for Suva Wednesday (20 Sep)
  10. Strike threat Tuesday (19 Sep)