Friday, January 30, 2009

'FIJI WATCH' :HEALTH RISKS FOR PEOPLE IN NAMOSI/SERUA PROVINCE WILL BE HIGH AS NAVUA HOSPITAL CLOSES ITS DOORS.

CHECK OUT THIS STORY AS IT APPEARED ON FIJI TIMES ONLINE TODAY.


Hospital closes
By UNAISI RATUBALAVU
Friday, January 30, 2009

Staff at the Navua Hospital wade through water yesterday.
THE Navua Hospital was closed yesterday after floodwaters flooded the hospital compound and entering into three staff quarters at around 10am yesterday.

Sub Divisional Medical Officer, Doctor Kusitino Tiko said they would only attend to emergency cases only and advised people to go straight to Colonial War Memorial Hospital if the rain continues and Navua gets flooded.

"We have transferred three in- patients to Suva and I am liasing with the Provincial Administrator in Serua if we can use the PA's office as our make- shift hospital if the Hospital gets' flooded again," Dr Tiko added.

PA Serua, Pauliasi Nene told Dr Tiko that his office will be available for the Health officials to use at this time of natural disaster.

"When the Navua Hospital was affected by the flood last year, we did the same thing by having our make- shift hospital at the PA's office, so we are going to do the same thing again, if the Hospital is flooded again," he added.

When the Fiji Times arrived at around mid- day yesterday, nurses on day shift were helping shifting household items from the staff quarters to the bachelor's quarters located on the second floor of the Hospital.

Dr Tiko said the staff quarters are always hit first by rising flood waters from the streams around the Hospital compound, and if the Navua River burst it's banks, then the Hospital would get flooded.

Dr Tiko said they will monitor the situation, and if the need arises, then they would move to the PA's office as the make- shift hospital.

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