Caption: Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon Jone Usamate officiating the opening of Nagatagata Nursing Station in Nadarivatu. Photo; SUPPLIED.
Government’s commitment to making health services easily accessible to all Fijians today saw the opening of the relocated Nagatagata Nursing Station in Tavua.
The Nagatagata Nursing station which was opened by the Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate serves a total population of 544, consisting of 4 villages, 4 settlements and a primary school.
“This new site has provided an opportunity for us to separate the clinic from the Nurse’s Quarters which will create a healthy working environment for our staff and the members of the community we serve”, Minister Usamate said.
Minister Usamate also acknowledged the contribution of the Ministry of for Works, Transport and Public Utilities and the Ministry of Lands & Mineral Resources for their expertise in the planning, construction and efficient renewal of the current land lease.
“Government strives to ensure that we provide the right to health enshrined in our Constitution. Health is a priority of Government,” Minister Usamate said.
A resident of Koro Village, Mr Senirusi Drauyara said that this new nursing station will be cost effective and is thankful for this new facility.
“Before we used to travel to Nadarivatu to access the health facility and hiring transport is costly. The Nagatagata nursing station will provide much easier access to us and to the schools nearby,” Mr Drauyara said.
The relocation of this Nursing Station was necessary due to several reasons including the expiry of land leases, ongoing water issues and the lack of staff residential privacy at the previous site due to the old clinic model and its location within the village boundary.