The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services Mrs Veena Bhatnagar handed over newly donated wheelchairs to the Levuka Hospital.
The two wheelchairs costing around $3,000, were donated by the LDS Charity to assist patients at Levuka Hospital needing assistance with mobility.
Mrs Bhatnagar said, “It is pleasing to note that religious organisations are providing such timely donations apart from spiritual support to our people. The Health Ministry is thankful and appreciates such gestures”.
“The wheelchairs will provide support towards movement; allow greater mobility, comfort and independence”.
The Health Ministry continues to welcome such support from non-governmental support as they further complement the work and resources that the Fijian Government is already putting towards health services.
Mrs Bhatnagar had visited Levuka earlier this year and identified certain needs for Levuka Hospital. Hence, this donation has been timely in fulfilling their need for wheelchairs.
“Is it also worth noting that these wheelchairs are of high technology and have spare parts for available with backup technical expertise available in Fiji”.
The Hon. Assistant Minister for Health & Medical Services also emphasized the importance of engaging in a healthy lifestyle.
“July is Wellness Month, with the theme Don’t Delay, Get Checked Today. Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) are an increasing problem for Fiji both in terms of increasing economic and social burden”.
“I urge you all to go for health checks, it is only when we do this then we can move towards wellness and staying healthy which in return will contribute towards moving Fiji ahead economically”.
The Health Ministry will continue to work alongside non-government organisations and other partners in further enhancing health service deliveries.