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New Waimaro nursing station opened

Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate acknowledged the efforts of staff of the Waimaro Nursing Station in assisting community members while officiating at the opening today. USAMATE : “This disastrous event was traumatic for all those directly affected and our health staff were no exception. However, I am proud to say that our […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 17, 2016 11:12 am

Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate acknowledged the efforts of staff of the Waimaro Nursing Station in assisting community members while officiating at the opening today.

Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey and the Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate cutting the ribbon to the doors of the Waimaro Nursing Station this morning. (MOH)
Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey and the Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate cutting the ribbon to the doors of the Waimaro Nursing Station this morning. (MOH)

USAMATE : “This disastrous event was traumatic for all those directly affected and our health staff were no exception. However, I am proud to say that our health staff have truly emerged as heroes. I salute the work of all the health workers who tirelessly cater for the needs of our people, both during and after disasters to provide efficient health services.”

Hon. Usamate said the new building was constructed by Habitat for Humanity and is designed to withstand category four cyclones and serves a population of two thousand one hundred twenty-nine inclusive of eight villages and eighteen settlements.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate and Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey at the opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station this morning. (MOH)
Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate and Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Ms Margaret Twomey at the opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station this morning. (MOH)

He said the new nursing station would provide relief not only to health staff, but also serve as a more convenient setting to anyone accessing health services.

USAMATE: “We are grateful for the support received from the Australian Government through FHSSP who have played a key role with restoring affected health facilities.I applaud the efforts put in by everyone to establish this transitional infrastructure.”

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Ms Margaret Twomey said the handover was historic and unique occasion as it was one of three facilities being opened and handed over to the Ministry today.

TWOMEY: “All in all, the three temporary structures here in Waimaro, Kese and Nasau represent a contribution of $127,500 Fijian dollars a contribution that, as a friend and neighbour, the Australian Government is more than happy to make.Today’s opening of the Waimaro Nursing Station demonstrates our commitment to supporting the Ministry to restore medical and health services to the people of Fiji.”

She said the previous nursing station bore the full brunt of the cyclone and was left with only its foundation which meant that about 2,000 people in Waimaro, dependent on the nursing station for health and medical services, were without important primary health care.

TWOMEY: “This facility we are opening today is a temporary structure, built to meet the immediate health service needs of Waimaro over the next 12 months. Australia’s total commitment to Fiji’s recovery and rehabilitation is around $53 million Fijian dollars (AUD $35 million).”

Ms Twomey added that the Australia government work closely with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, to help support the most immediate needs emerging as a result of TC Winston.

Meanwhile, Waimaro nursing station district nurse Asenaca Rika also thanked the Australian Government for the assistance.

RIKA : “It’s of a great relief especially after  TC Winston I operated from my veranda and there was no privacy. Interruption from my family every now and than, now there won’t be any interruption and I’m thankful for the temporary Waimaro Nursing Station.”

Waimaro villager Viliame Rasila was also thankful.

RASILA : “I am thankful for the new nursing station, now there will be no more travelling far for me when I’m sick, making life easier.”

 

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