Backyard nursery for hospital

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay with government officials and villagers at Dogotuki Nursing Station. Picture: SUPPLIED

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay with government officials and villagers at Dogotuki Nursing Station. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE recent opening of a nursery at the Nabouwalu Hospital in Bua will reduce the need to buy vegetables for patients at the hospital, says sub-divisional Medical Officer Bua Dr Kulae Tuisabeto.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay officially opened three nurseries during his recent tour to the North.

The nurseries at Cawaru Village, Nabouwalu Hospital and the Dogotuki Health Centre in Macuata were funded by the ministry. “This nursery will greatly reduce the need to buy vegetables for patients of this hospital and also minimise non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as we will be consuming more local fresh produce from our backyard gardens,” Dr Tuisabeto said.

She also said patients and visitors of the hospital would be able to learn from this model and set up their own backyard farms for their individual livelihoods.

In thanking the ministry for their assistance, Udu district representative Aisake Tusauma said the nursery and the assistance would encourage villagers to plant more for food security because their community heavily relied on marine resources for their livelihood.

Mr Pillay said Government would continue to develop rural communities through similar types of assistance.

He also handed over water tanks, farming tools and implements worth $35,000 to farmers at Cawaru Village.

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