“GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN YOU HAD TO TRAVEL OVER HALF AN HOUR BY BOAT, ONE WAY, TO SEEK BA­SIC MED­I­CAL CARE IN TECI,” PRIME MIN­IS­TER VOREQE BAIN­I­MARAMA SAID. He told vil­lagers to take ad­van­tage of this new­found ac­cess by tak­ing own­er­ship over their health a

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­ERA SO­VASIGA Edited by Caroline Ratu­cadra

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama ar­rives in Ya­sawa to open the Ta­musua Nurs­ing Sta­tion on June 18, 2020.

Two hun­dred and fifty eight peo­ple from the vil­lages of Ta­musua, Nabukeru, Navu­tua and the chil­dren of the nearby pri­mary school in Ya­sawa will now ben­e­fit greatly from the newly com­mis­sioned Ta­musua Nurs­ing Sta­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama of­fi­cially opened the $300,000 pro­ject yesterday,

“Gone are the days when you had to travel over half an hour by boat, one way, to seek ba­sic med­i­cal care in Teci,” Prime Min­is­ter Bain­i­marama said.

“The time and ex­pense of get­ting there posed a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for your peo­ple – any time you felt un­well, you were left won­der­ing if the sit­u­a­tion was truly dire enough to make that jour­ney. That’s a dilemma that no Fi­jian should be faced with, and it re­sulted in too many in your com­mu­ni­ties putting off care for too long.”

The Prime Min­is­ter urged the vil­lagers to be pro-ac­tive and utilise the new nurs­ing sta­tion. Mr Bain­i­marama said health-care wasn’t a lux­ury. It is a right.

“But to ex­er­cise that right, I ask that you be pro-ac­tive and utilise this new Nurs­ing Sta­tion at your doorsteps. Mon­i­tor your con­di­tions reg­u­larly and check in on your fam­ily mem­bers, friends and neigh­bours. But your own health should be your num­ber one pri­or­ity –– only by first tak­ing care of your­selves can you take care of your com­mu­nity and the ones you love.”

Newly in­stalled so­lar freezer

The Prime Min­is­ter also vis­ited Ta­musua Vil­lage to han­dover a new in­vest­ment of a newly in­stalled so­lar freezer.

For gen­er­a­tions, the district has re­lied on the bounty of the sea to not only feed their fam­i­lies, but gen­er­ate in­come in the com­mu­nity.

“While fish­ing is a way of life in many of Fiji’s coastal com­mu­ni­ties, those Fi­jians liv­ing in our most re­mote mar­itime ar­eas like Ya­sawa have his­tor­i­cally faced a dis­ad­van­tage,” Mr Bain­i­marama said.

“A lack of cold stor­age units and ice plants has made it dif­fi­cult for you to keep your catch fresh for longer pe­ri­ods of time, mean­ing that too of­ten you saw your hard work go to waste,” Two so­lar freez­ers were given to the vil­lage.

Ana­seini Bale­nasiga, who is part of the vil­lage women’s group that looks af­ter the vil­lage can­teen, was grate­ful to the ini­tia­tive be­cause it would help them store frozen goods.

“In the past, we have had the dif­fi­cul­ties of keep­ing frozen goods. With this do­na­tion, we are so grate­ful for it. Now we will be to store frozen for up to months and we do not have to worry about it go­ing bad or ex­pired,” she said.

“I’m thank­ful to the Gov­ern­ment and the Min­istry of Women for the as­sis­tance.

Photo: Kel­era So­vasiga

Photo: Kel­era So­vasiga

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama and Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete with health work­ers and ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Ta­musua Nurs­ing Sta­tion in the Ya­sawas on June 18, 2020.

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