Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Police guard Taveuni hospital

Police guard Taveuni hospital
http://www.fijisun.com.fj/ - 3/24/2009
Police are still guarding an island hospital in the Northern division after midnight following power rationing over the past two weeks.
Inconsistent supply of fuel to the Taveuni Hospital forces power supply to be cut off from 12midnight to 7am daily.
And a senior health official in Labasa is currently liaising with the Public Works Department to be consistent in their delivery of fuel for the hospital generator.
Ministry of Health’s media liaison officer Iliesa Tora confirmed yesterday that Labasa Hospital general manager Dr Samuela Korovou was sorting out the problem with PWD authorities.
Dr Korovou could not be contacted for a comment.
Mr Tora said police were still on guard at the hospital during the night for the safety of the staff and patients.
He said the problem is expected to be rectified today.
Last week, the Ministry of Health officials from Suva headed by interim Health Ministry Dr Neil Sharma visited health centres and hospitals in Vanua Levua.
Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Dr Salanieta Saketa had reportedly blamed the PWD which supplies fuel to the hospital for the problem.
Dr Saketa had said that staff could not be working in the dark because of the risks.
Mr Tora added that following their fact-finding tour to the North last week, a lot of changes is expected to take place soon.

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