Repairs, renovations to aged health facilities priority, health minister says

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Iferemi Waqainabete at Parliament last week. Picture: ATU RASEA

ENSURING repairs and renovations to aged facilities are conducted to the highest standards and within the agreed time frame is a priority focus area for the Health and Medical Services Ministry.

This was the word from newly appointed minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

“A lot of our Ministry of Health facilities are quite aged — the CWM Hospital old wing is 100 years old, it was built in 1918,” he said.

“There has been a scope of works and a lot of renovations being done over the past few years, so one of the things I am doing as I am visiting these places is just reminding them that we are already heading towards the end of the year.”

Dr Waqainabete said maintenance programs would be made more efficient and frequent to ensure all medical facilities were kept to the best possible standard.

“Health centres and institutions are high volume areas, just like hotels, so maintenance has to be an ongoing thing.

“So I am just trying to make them realise that it’s not like our individual houses — which are low volume areas — renovations at the hospital can’t wait.

“The Fiji Government has allocated money for renovations and maintenance and I am encouraging the staff to make sure the works that have been identified to be done are actually done and finished so we can move on to the next project.”

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