MRI Machine to be replaced in two years: Dr Waqainabete
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has got plans to replace the current Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine in the next two years.
This was highlighted by Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete in Parliament yesterday.
He said the Colonial War Memorial Hospital faced technical issues with the MRI machine on August 13, however the problem was fixed and the service was resumed on August 26.
Dr Waqainabete also clarified that the MRI machine was not a treatment tool, it was a diagnostic tool and there are specialists who take care of the bookings. Fiji has only one MRI machine which is now eight years old. Responding to a supplementary question by Opposition member Salote Radrodro on whether there would be a MRI machine in the new Lautoka Hospital, Dr Waqainabete said now that the hospital would be managed by Health Care Fiji, it might be one of their plans as well.
He said the installation of MRI since 2011 has helped not only the Fijian people, but also those in the Pacific and tourists. Meanwhile, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Black Rock Camp in Nadi is being considered as a possible site for the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) back-up information system.
This was revealed in Parliament yesterday by Minister for Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete on September 3, 2019.