Assistant Minister for Health Visits the North
The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar is in the North this week to visit health facilities and hold a public consultation with the people of Labasa.
Mrs Bhatnagar said that this visit is to meet with health staff and the public to discuss ways to address and improve health service delivery.
While visiting Seaqaqa Health Center the Hon. Assistant Minister for Health commended the work carried out by the staff. Mrs Bhatnagar also visited Naduri Health Center and Dogotuki Health Center.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public consultation that will be held at the Civic Center in Labasa.
Health: Capital projects in progress
In order to improve health service delivery in the country, the Ministry of Health & Medical Services has made much progress with its capital projects, in particular regarding health facilities.
The Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate visited the new Naulu Health Center and Makoi low-risk maternity unit sites today.
Mr Usamate said “These two projects have commenced and I am glad to see them earmarked to finish this year. Makoi low-risk maternity unit is scheduled to be completed in September, and Naulu Health Center in December”.
“These areas are some of the most densely populated areas in the country, and proper access to health facilities for people living in these areas is important”.
The upcoming 10 bed Makoi low-risk maternity unit will assist in relieving Nausori Health Center and CWM as it will cater for the population in that area.
Naulu Health Center will be an A-grade facility and a bigger health facility inclusive of dentistry, an x-ray department, clinics and so forth.
Mr Usamate also visited Valelevu Health Center to discuss the potential of expanding it. “We are looking at extending Valelevu Health Center to make it more like a hospital. The population here is high so we need to be able to provide efficient services to the people”.
The Naulu Health Center project is estimated to cost $4,110,416.87 while Makoi low-risk maternity unit is around $6,082,893.24.
Meanwhile, other major constructions for the Health Ministry include the new Ba and Nausori Hospitals.