TC Tino: Old structure turns refuge

The government quarters next to the old Navua Hospital was inundated with floodwaters last Friday night. Picture: SUPPLIED/ISIMELI TAVO

Families of staff members from Navua Hospital are sheltered at the hospital’s old structure near Navua Town after their homes were flooded on Friday night.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said majority of the flooding after tropical cyclones were in Navua.

“There was flooding at their compounds so they are sheltered at the old hospital,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“I am also here to monitor the place because it’s important that this doesn’t become a source of leptospirosis and dengue fever.

“I am visiting health centres in Navua, Galoa and Korovisilou to see my staff and get an idea of what is happening on the ground.

“Now that the weather is clearing up in the North, I will be able to get an idea of what is happening up there.”

Dr Waqainabete said it was important that the occupants were safe.

“We knew for the last two days that there will be flooding so we had to find ways to keep them on higher grounds.

“Their household items are safe, fortunately most of our staff are on higher grounds and they are all safe.

“One of the challenges we are facing in Navua is the occurrences of flooding.”

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