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Ron­nie Chang, Nadi

Will Dig­i­cel Fiji, as ma­jor spon­sors of the 2016 Nadi Bula Fes­ti­val, to­gether with of­fi­cials of the fes­ti­vals fi­nance com­mit­tee, make a firm un­der­tak­ing to en­sure that ad­e­quate mea­sures are duly un­der­taken to en­sure the full restora­tion of the Nadi Hos­pi­tal’s pay­ing ward to its “for­mer glory” since its in­cep­tion?

For all Nadi cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors alike, who will re­quire such life-sav­ing ser­vices, please! For many of us, the stan­dard of ser­vice ex­tended in the med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal wards, are in short “grossly in­ad­e­quate” in this modern day, the 21st Cen­tury.

As the Jet Set town pre­pares it­self for the sta­tus of “City” ac­cred­i­ta­tion come 2017, one shower fa­cil­ity to 21 pa­tients is not ac­cept­able. I would hate to see our honor­able and hard­work­ing Prime Min­is­ter; the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral; the Min­is­ter for Health taken ill while on tour of duty in our very con­gested town.

Be­sides, the hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU) was in a very sorry state of af­fairs when I last saw it sev­eral weeks ago. I need not go into any de­tail. My com­ments are made in ab­so­lute good faith in the fer­vent hope that health care ser­vice de­liv­ery is re­stored to ac­cept­able lev­els, for the bet­ter­ment of all con­cerned. Sadly, some in­fra­struc­ture, for rea­sons un­known, have been al­lowed to “shame­fully fall apart” and much-needed ad­e­quate fund­ing be­come a scarcity to main­tain de­sired lev­els of the hos­pi­tal’s on­go­ing main­te­nance pro­grammes.

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