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Ba, Lautoka hospitals earmarked for upgrade

Alisi Vucago
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Update: 3:11PM THE Fijian Government will soon issue an expression of interest seeking internationally-certified hospital operators to develop health services and equipment at Ba and Lautoka hospitals to meet full international standards.

The successful operator will be required to develop, upgrade, equip and operate the two Western-based hospitals.

It is envisaged that the upgrades and new investment created by the proposed public-private partnership (PPP) would bring higher quality health services to around 380,000 Fijians.

In a Government statement issued yesterday, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the proposed PPP would offer Fijians a range of new medical services, including tertiary care, better maternity care for more mothers, and expanded treatment and procedures for non-communicable diseases, including 24/7 availability for open heart surgeries in Fiji.

"All of our health workers, our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, dieticians and lab technicians, along with all of the allied health workers, have a critical role to play in our agenda for improving the quality of healthcare services in Fiji," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in the statement.

"And in our consultations with health professionals at the Ba and Lautoka hospitals, we've been very glad to see that hospital staff share our excitement about this proposed partnership because it will lead to better training, better equipment, and additional staff in both hospitals."

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