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Renovation delays a concern says Assistant Health Minister

February 26, 2019 5:13 pm

There is concern over the delay in the renovation and maintenance of health facilities in the rural and remote areas in the North.

Assistant Health Minister Alex O’Connor says the works need to start now.

O’Connor is currently in Vanua Levu inspecting health facilities he had visited in 2017.

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Speaking to FBC News O’Connor says most of the facilities need extension as well due to an increase in the services offered at the facilities and the increasing number of patients.

He says some facilities were constructed in 1970 and they are in dire need of extension.

For staffing, the Assistant Minister says there is enough numbers but there are issues with the transfer of nurses to the rural areas as their spouses and family remain in their respective homes.

O’Connor will be visiting health facilities in Bua tomorrow and will conclude with an inspection of the health facilities in Macuata.

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