Minister For Health and Medical Services Mr Jone Usamate with the village women at the opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station.
The people of Waimaro can once again enjoy adequate medical services following the opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station’s new transitional building in Ra.
The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate jointly opened the new transitional building together with the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey.
As part of the Australian Government’s support to assist Fiji recover from TC Winston, the Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP) engaged Habitat for Humanity to construct two specifically designed transitional health clinics and one staff quarters.
“These robust shelters are designed to withstand Category 4 cyclones and will provide health workers with temporary and secure facilities until longer term reconstruction solutions are achieved,” Minister Usamate said.
The Waimaro nursing station looks after a population of 2129 which includes 8 villages and 18 settlements.
Minister Usamate said the health ministry is grateful to the Australian Government and FHSSP who have played a key role in restoring the affected health facilities.
“Following TC Winston, the health ministry and the Fijian Government immediately worked towards rebuilding infrastructure, homes and lives and I applaud the efforts put in by everyone to establish this transitional infrastructure,” Minister Usamate said.
This initial support by the Australian Government is part of a longer term plan to provide ongoing assistance to Fiji’s health sector in repairing and reconstructing health facilities damaged by TC Winston. The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to restore health facilities.
The Communities of Kese in the Yasawas and Nasau in Koro organized similar events simultaneously last week to celebrate the opening of transitional facilities in support of health services. All three transitional facilities are now operational.