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Growing demand for medical transfers: Vulibeci

January 23, 2018 6:24 pm

There is a growing demand for medical transfers from Northern sub-division health centres and nursing stations to the Labasa Hospital.

More than a hundred and fifty-thousand dollars has been given by the Japanese government to the Hospital to ensure that there’s sufficient transportation for emergency cases.

North Medical Superintendent, Jaoji Vulibeci says with a new ambulance providing a twenty-four-hour service – many sick children and labouring mothers from interior areas can now be reached.

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“Ambulance services on the other side of the island looks up at the area that is basically not on tarsal roads. Sometimes we have emergencies cases which are usually labour before that so that’s where this ambulance will be helpful.”

Vulibeci adds the government is aware of the challenges faced by Fijians living in the North and are working with relevant authorities to upgrade roads and provide the services needed.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Masahiro Omura says the funds are part of their Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme and is in line with government’s objectives.

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