GOVERNMENT SPENDS $15M IN THE WESTERN DIVISION

Caption:?Construction works at the $1million extension to the Sigatoka Hospital is slowly taking shape. Photo: SUPPLIED

Extension works on the $1million Sigatoka Sub ? Divisional Hospital is on track to be completed before September, said the Provincial Administrator Nadroga/Navosa Mr Peni Koro.

The two ? storey ward will provide a new maternity and child health unit, in line with reforms to decentralize maternal and child health services offered to expectant mothers, infants and children.

?All these are part of Government?s efforts to improve health care facilities and standards of service delivery to ordinary Fijians,? Mr Koro said.

?This will ensure that adequate medical facilities are available for the community in the larger Nadroga/Navosa provinces.?

Once completed, the new maternity and child care unit will see drastic improvement in services and will complement the recently opened $200,000 specialized outpatient department and child health care clinic.

Health care continues to remain a cornerstone for Government and this is evident through the many new health facilities constructed in rural and outer islands.

For 2014 alone, Government has spent $15m in the Western Division to enhance health care through the construction of a nursing station in Nagatagata ($500, 000), the upgrading of the Lautoka Hospital Emergency Department ($5.9m), construction of the first phase of the Ba Hospital ($7.3m), construction of a health centre in Cuvu Sigatoka ($710, 000), and first phase upgrading of the Keiyasi Health centre to a sub ? division hospital ($500, 000).

Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama has also recently announced further reforms in the health sector to boost primary health care for Fijians.

This is in line with the Constitution guaranteeing adequate health care to all citizens and the extension of the Sigatoka Hospital underpins Government?s efforts to exploit all avenues towards this end.

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