RESIDENTS of Navua finally have a world- class health facility in the new Navua Hospital to tend to their every need.
The hospital was opened on Thursday by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama and was witnessed by residents of Navua and villagers of the Serua and Namosi provinces.
Lasaro Dau, a villager of Navunikaba in Namosi, was full of praise for the new hospital and for the foresight of the Bainimarama government.
Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr Dau said the people faced difficulties in getting proper health care at the old hospital because of the relatively small size and continuous flooding.
Seventy-year-old Deuba koro villager Palami Vudiniabola said despite having a bad back and body pains, she wanted to come and witness the dawn of a new era in health care provision in Navua.
She said she left home just to attend the opening of the new hospital, adding if she passed away, she would have at least seen the new health facility.
The hospital was built on 10 acres of land given by the mataqali Naikorokoro of Namelimeli Village, and mataqali chairman Vatemo Rokodugu said they were more than happy to assist.
"This is a big achievement and a big development and the problems that we were facing before is totally out of the picture once more," Mr Rokodugu said.
"We went through times of turmoil at the old Navua Hospital before so the government had approached us whether we could allow this piece of land to be given to them.
"We welcomed them because in Namelimeli, we promote health care and we understand how important it is."